16 Facts About Audrey Truschke


Audrey Truschke is a historian of South Asia and an associate professor at Rutgers University.

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Audrey Truschke's work focuses on inter-community relations in medieval South Asia, especially during the Mughal Empire.

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Audrey Truschke earned her bachelor's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago in 2004.

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Audrey Truschke earned her MA from Columbia University in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies in 2007 before going on to receive a MPhil in the same discipline in 2008.

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Audrey Truschke received her PhD from Columbia University in 2012, and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Cambridge and Stanford University.

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In 2015, Audrey Truschke joined Rutgers University as an assistant professor of South Asian history and in 2020, she was promoted to associate professorship.

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Edmond Smith of the University of Kent, writing for Reviews in History, found the work to be "evocative, [and] expertly researched", where Audrey Truschke used her "exceptional linguistic talents" to pose and answer provoking questions about the Mughal Empire while inspiring other scholars to re-examine their approaches to studying religions.

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In 2017, Audrey Truschke published Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India's Most Controversial King about the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, with Stanford University Press.

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In May 2021, Audrey Truschke co-edited "The Ramayana of Hamida Banu Begum, Queen Mother of Mughal India" which was published by Silvana Editoriale and Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.

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In 2017, Truschke was awarded the John F Richards Prize in South Asian History by the American Historical Association for Culture of Encounters being the "most distinguished work of scholarship on South Asian history, [published in 2016]".

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Audrey Truschke received the Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence in 2020.

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Audrey Truschke responded by stating that such disagreements are routine aspects of scholarly discourse and she had only offered a "loose translation" using contemporary language.

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Audrey Truschke has been a prominent critic of Hindutva and its exclusionary ideology.

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In 2021, a group of Hindu students at Rutgers University circulated a petition calling for the university to disallow Audrey Truschke from teaching a course on Hinduism, condemn her views, and create "a safe space for diaspora Hindus".

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The petition alleged that Audrey Truschke held "inherently prejudiced views" on Hinduism and the Hindus.

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Days later, Rutgers faculty members from varied faith backgrounds drafted an open letter affirming faith in Audrey Truschke's scholarship, rejecting the levelled charges of "Hinduphobia", and applauding Rutgers' affirmation of academic liberty whilst upholding commitment to diversity.

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