Aditya Bhattacharjee

Aditya Bhattacharjee

VAP of Asian/Asian Diasporic Studies, RISDPhD, 2023


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Aditya Bhattacharjee is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Religious Studies (RELS). He developed a curiosity for narratives about Hindu divinities as a child through his grandmother’s bedtime stories. This boyhood inquisitiveness grew into a more sustained academic interest in transnational Hinduism that he’s explored through BA and MA degrees at McGill University. He continues this pursuit in his doctoral research on global worship communities dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesha. He has an ancillary interest in the subject of interrelatedness between Hindu and Buddhist traditions in both pre-modern and modern Thailand.

Born in Bombay and raised in Bangkok, Aditya is a fluent speaker of Thai, Bengali, Tamil, Hindi, and French. Additionally, he has also studied Sanskrit and Pali at McGill, Penn and at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), Pune. In 2019, he received the Award for Academic Excellence from the Khyentse Foundation to pursue ethnographic fieldwork at newly constructed Ganesha temples in Thailand’s Chachoengsao province. He has presented papers at various forums that include the Council on Thai Studies’ yearly meeting, and at the Association of Asian Studies’ annual conference in Asia.

Office Hours
By appointment

McGill University, MA

McGill University, BA (Hons)

Research Interests

Multi-sited ethnography

Global Hinduism

Buddhism in Thailand

Transnational Religious Networks


Research Areas
Asian Religions
Intellectual History
Material and Visual Culture
Courses Taught

Spring 2019: Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Buddhism”

Fall 2019: Teaching Assistant, “Religion and Anime”

Spring 2020: Teaching Assistant, “Hindu Mythology”

Fall 2020: Teaching Assistant, "Gods, Ghosts, and Monsters"


American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS)

Council on Thai Studies (COTS)