anandi silva knuppel

scholar, media-maker, teacher

My dissertation research is a traditional and visual ethnographic study of daily practices in Hindu traditions. In this work, I pay close attention to how people speak about their daily practices, how people perform them, and how institutions and sources of authority influence these practices.


My professional work exists in and in between the humanities, sciences, and technology in project management, training and teaching, and content development.

View my full CV (pdf).

Learn about some of my projects for Emory University, Duke University, Gilded Bridal, and more.


about me

Religion • Ethnography • Visual Anthropology
Transnational Religion • South Asian Religions • Digital Religion
Text • Video • Audio
Documentary • Lectures • Photography


My pedagogy and research share a common goal: to investigate religious practices as they are lived within specific theologies. My courses encourage students to be active collaborators in the classroom. Together, we foster discussion, community, and spaces to create new understandings of religious traditions in theory and in practice using traditional and innovative digital methods.

Courses Taught

  • Transnational Religions - Emory University, 2018
  • Introduction to Hinduism - Candler School of Theology, 2016
  • Dance and Embodied Knowledge – Assistant
  • Hindu and Buddhist Practices of South and Southeast Asia – Assistant
  • Hindu Myths – Assistant
  • South Asian Civilizations – Assistant

Proposed Courses
Just as my research is transnational and interdisciplinary, courses that I am prepared to teach have a broad reach across religions of South Asia and transnational religions. My courses also cover various methodologies in religious studies from digital approaches to ethnography and visual and material culture.

  • Religions of South Asia
  • Devotional Arts of India
  • Visual and Material Culture in the Study of Religion
  • Religion and Community - Hinduism and Buddhism
  • Religion and Embodied Knowledge
  • Living Epics of India
  • Digital Religion
  • Ethnographic Methods

Digital Pedagogy
My courses in religion make use of digital methods, but I also regularly teach courses focused on training graduate students and faculty and staff in digital research and pedagogy theories, methods, and technologies.

  • Teaching, Pedagogy, Curriculum and Research Graduate Workshop
  • Emory Foundations for Online Teaching
  • Introduction to Digital Publishing in the Humanities

Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation

web development

Screenshot of JHR website

Hearing the Call

video editing, videography

Rosemary looking at old photos

Emory Cold Cases

video editing, videography, web development

Screenshot of Emory Cold Cases website

Society of Visual Anthropology

video editing

Screenshot from 2017 SVA about video

Georgia Coast Atlas

video editing, videography, web development

Gilded Bridal

web development

Gilded Bridal About Page

Holocaust Denial on Trial

web development

Big City Map

web development

Screenshot of Big City Map website

Practical Matters Journal

web development

Waking Up the Immune System


Screenshot of title of Waking Up the Immune System video

Basic Science Breakthroughs: Fragile X Syndrome


Screenshot from Basic Science Breakthroughs

Gamelan Wayang 2015


Wedding Photography


Odissi Photography


Evening of Telugu Arts


Interview Series with Frans de Waal

video editing, videography

Interview Series with Randall Balmer

video editing, videography

Interview Series with Shaun Casey

video editing, videography

Building a Natya Shastra


Interview Series with Jeffrey Kripal

video editing, videography

Dr. Abdullahi An-Na’im

web development


web development

Samothrace Project Screenshot