Gauri Viswanathan is Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities and Director of the South Asia Institute at Columbia University. She is the author of Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India and Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief, which won several prestigious academic prizes. Viswanathan is co-editor of the award-winning book series South Asia Across the Disciplines. She has received Guggenheim, NEH, and Mellon fellowships, and was honored with the Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching in 2017-2018.