Srirupa Roy is Professor of Political Science and the “State and Democracy” Chair at the University of Göttingen’s Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS). Prior to joining the Centre in September 2011 Roy was associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has also held postdoctoral and visiting positions at New York University and Yale University. She has been Senior Advisor for International Collaboration at the Social Science Research Council (New York), and she currently serves on the steering committee/advisory board of the Inter-Asia Program at the SSRC, and the editorial boards of Critical Asian Studies and Contemporary South Asia. Srirupa Roy is author of Beyond Belief: India and the Politics of Postcolonial Nationalism (Duke University Press, 2007) and co-editor of Violence and Democracy in India (Seagull Books, 2006) and Visualizing Secularism: Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, India (University of Michigan Press, 2012). She has published in Comparative Studies in Society and History; Media, Culture & Society; Journal of Asian Studies; Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics; Theory & Event; Perspectives on Politics; Identities; Television and New Media; South Asia; Contributions to Indian Sociology; Economic and Political Weekly and in several edited volumes.