Sohini Pillai

Sohini Sarah Pillai is an advanced Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she is completing her dissertation “Region and Religion in Retellings of the Mahabharata.” Sohini is a comparatist of South Asian religious literature and her area of specialization is the Mahabharata and Ramayana narrative traditions with a particular focus on retellings created in Hindi and Tamil. She is also the co-editor of the forthcoming volume Many Mahabharatas (May 2021, State University of New York Press) and a member of the Steering Committee for the Hinduism Unit at the American Academy of Religion. Sohini received her B.A. in South Asia Studies and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College in 2012 and her M.A. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University in 2015. To learn more about Sohini’s work, please visit: