Hallie Nell Swanson

PhD Student

232 Cohen Hall

Hallie joined the department in 2019. Before coming to Penn, she studied Comparative Literature at Columbia (BA) and South Asian Studies at Oxford (MSc), concentrating on how Urdu, Persian and Brajbhasha literary forms and institutions worked to form religious communities in eighteenth-century South Asia. She is interested in relationships between text, space, and materiality in early modern South Asian Islam.


BA, Comparative Literature & Society, Columbia University

MSc, Modern South Asian Studies, University of Oxford

Research Interests

 literary culture, manuscript studies, Mughal Persian, Urdu

Research Areas
Islam, Material and Visual Culture, Politics and Publics
Courses Taught

Fall 2020: Teaching Assistant, "The Religion of Anime"