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Andrea Marion Pinkney

Assistant Professor, South Asian Religions


B.A., (McGill)
Adv. Diploma in Hindi (Banaras Hindu University)
M.A., (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)
Ph.D. (Columbia University)

Field(s) of specialization

Classical Sanskrit literature; contemporary religions of North India; pilgrimage practices in South Asia, theory and method in religious studies, Sikhism, contemporary Buddhism in South- and Southeast Asia


Andrea Marion Pinkney discovered her interests in both religious studies and South Asian civilisation as an undergraduate at McGill in the Faculty of Religious Studies (B.A., Joint Honours). She then pursued postgraduate studies in Hindi language and literature as a Commonwealth scholar (Banaras Hindu University, Adv. Diploma in Hindi) and in South Asian Religions (M.A., University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Ph.D., Columbia University). She has taught in the United States, India, and Singapore; her research languages are Hindi-Urdu and Sanskrit and she has studied French and Japanese for pleasure.


Research interests

Prasāda in South Asian religions; anthropology of the ‘gift’ and religious exchange in South Asia; Himalayan religions; theory and method of religious studies in Asian contexts

Current research projects

  • The Sacred Share: Prasāda in Hindu South Asia 
  • A Garland of Gibes: The Narmamālā of Kṣemendra 
  • 21st-Century Tang: Locating a Buddhist Ecumene at Singapore's Buddha Tooth Relic Temple 
  • A Mass-Multi-Media History of the Himalayan 4-Dhām Pilgrimage

Contact information

Birks Building
3520 rue University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2A7

andrea [dot] pinkney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)