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Audrey Truschke’s work concerns literary and historical interactions between members of the Sanskrit and Persian traditions in Mughal India. Her first book, Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court (Columbia University Press, 2016, link) investigates the literary, social, and political history of Sanskrit as it thrived in the Mughal courts from 1560 to 1650. Culture of Encounters makes substantial contributions to scholarship on the Mughal Empire, early modern India, and Sanskrit and Persian literary cultures. The book also engages in wider debates concerning cross-cultural exchanges, the interplay between literary, political, and religious spheres, and the construction of power in early modernity.
In addition to her research, she also maintains a website that seeks to promote online resources in the study of early modern South Asia.
Audrey received her PhD from Columbia University in May 2012. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she was a research fellow in History and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College). She is a 2013-2016 Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Religious Studies at Stanford.