Alexander Rocklin

Visiting Assistant Professor

Alexander Rocklin’s research interests include colonialism and the politics of the category religion, religion and race in the Americas, the regulation of spirit possession, and histories of Hinduism and Islam in the Caribbean. His work has appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and the New West Indian Guide.


  • PhD, 2014, University of Chicago (History of Religions)
  • MA, 2007, University of Chicago (Religious Studies)
  • BA, 2003, Wesleyan University (Religious Studies)

Selected Grants and Fellowships Awarded

  • William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • Alma Wilson Teaching Fellowship (2012-2013)
  • IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study, Mellon Foundation (2011-2012)


Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • “‘A Hindu is white although he is black’: Hindu Alterity and the Performativity of Religion and Race between the US and the Caribbean,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 58, no. 1, January 2016.
  • “Obeah and the Politics of Religion’s Making and Unmaking in Colonial Trinidad.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion. vol. 83, no. 3, Sept. 2015.
  • “Imagining Religions in a Trinidad Village: The Africanity of the Spiritual Baptist Movement and the Politics of Comparing Religions.” New West Indian Guide, vol. 86 no. 1 & 2 (2012).