Grad Profiles

Meghan Hartman

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia - PhD Religious Studies (in progress)
    • Specializations: South Asian Religious Traditions (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism)
    • Dissertation: "When Mystics Meet Physics: Religion, Literature, and Science in the Urdu Poetry of Miraji (1912-1949)
  • Barnard College, Columbia University - BA Religious Studies with Departmental Honors, Magna Cum Laude (2012-2016)
  • American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS): Advanced Urdu program in Lucknow, India (Summer 2015)
  • Harvard Divinity School Summer Language Program: Classical Arabic (Summer 2017)

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the relationship between religion and literature, with a keen eye towards Sufi and Hindu devotional poetry. Questions close to my heart and mind include the way poetry can shift practices of attention, call into question a worldview (let alone what a world is), and how poetry can become a laboratory for different modes of living. In other words, I am interested in where the theoretical rubber meets the road of everyday life.



  • “In the Pool of Imagination: A Quick Dip into Miraji’s Prose Poem The Caves of Ajanta” in South Asian History and Culture. (Forthcoming)


  • Meghan Hartman. Translations of Mir Taqi Mir: From Urdu to English. Life and Legends.

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Persian: Summer 2020 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

University of Virginia: Husky Travel Fellowship Fall 2019

University of Virginia: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Fellowship 2019

University of Virginia: Teaching Relief Fellowship for Pre-Dissertation Research 2019-2020

University of Virginia: Religion Race and Democracy Lab: Graduate Student Fellow (Fall 2018)

University of Virginia: Religion Race and Democracy Lab: Graduate Student Fellow (Summer 2018)

Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellowship 2016-2021; awarded by University of Virginia (Summer 2016)

Taraknath Das Prize for Excellence in South Asian Studies; awarded by Columbia University (Spring 2016)

Mary E. Allison Prize (1937) for general excellence in scholarship; awarded by Barnard College (Spring 2016)

Phi Beta Kappa Barnard Section, Columbia University Chapter (Spring 2016)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Advanced Urdu Study, awarded by Columbia University (Summer 2015)

First Place: Undergraduate Essay Contest at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) of Columbia University

Dean’s List: Fall 2014 – Spring 2016 [maintaining GPA above 3.6 each semester]

Writing Fellow at the Erica Mann Jong Writing Center ’63 of Barnard college: Fall 2014- Spring 2016