Mary Hancock

Mary Hancock

Contact Phone

(805) 893-2907

Office Location

HSSB 2071


Sociocultural Anthropology (South Asia, social theory, nationalism, religion, cultural studies, feminist theory, public memory)


Faculty in Anthropology and History

PhD, University of Pennsylvania


Research Interests

I am a cultural anthropologist and historian of modern South Asia, with a special interest in urban South India.  At UCSB, I hold a joint appointment in the History department.  My first book, Womanhood in the Making: Domestic Ritual and Public Culture in Urban South India (Westview, 1999) dealt with gender, class and nationalism. My new book, The Politics of Heritage from Madras to Chennai (Indiana, 2008), explores issues of public memory, the state, and urban space, historically and in the present-day.  My new research involves the study of evangelical Christian media and its role in missionary practice.



Selected Publications

  • Womanhood in the Making
  • Remembered Futures, Everyday Histories
  • The Politics of Heritage from Madras to Chennai