Frank Korom


 Frank Korom

E-mailkorom@bu.edu
Address1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 2215
Phone617-353-2000
Webhttp://www.bu.edu/religion/faculty/index.html

Associate Professor of Religion, Boston University School of Theology

Ph.D., , 1992

A Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Frank J. Korom received degrees in Religious Studies and Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1984, before pursuing studies in India and Pakistan, where he earned certificates of recognition in a number of modern South Asian languages. He did his graduate work in folklore and folklife at the University of Pennsylvania, and was awarded the Ph.D. in 1992 for a dissertation on Dharmaraj, a local village deity worshipped in West Bengal from medieval times to the present. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, a Ford Foundation cultural consultant in India and Bangladesh, and curator of Asian and Middle Eastern collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe prior to his arrival at Boston University in the summer of 1998.

Among his research awards have been grants from the Institute of International Education, the Mellon Foundation, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the International Folk Art Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the American Academy of Religion. He is the author and editor of eight books, most recently South Asian Folklore: A Handbook (2006) and A Village of Painters (2006). His earlier book, Hosay Trinidad, won the prestigious Premio Pitre international book award in 2002. He also served as Editor of Religious Studies Review from 2001-2003. In 2004-2005, he was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in India, where he conducted fieldwork on itinerant scroll painters in rural West Bengal. This project will culminate with a museum exhibition in October of 2006. He is currently a 2006 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to support the completion of a book tentatively titled Singing Modernity.

His research and teaching interests range from South Asian expressive traditions and contemporary religion to diaspora studies and transnationalism, which is reflected in his work on East Indians in the Caribbean and the global community of Tibetan refugees. He is also interested in film, ritual, and performance studies.



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