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Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College and Columbia University.  Rachel’s research focuses on goddess-centered Hindu traditions in Bengal and Bangladesh, and on South Asian poetic traditions.  Her books include Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams: Kali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal, and Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal: The Fortunes of Hindu Festivals.

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