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Anthony Cerulli

Expert on the history and anthropology of medicines and religions in India.

Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures; Director, Center for South Asia College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-3915 Home page Twitter: @manuscriptistan


  • My research and teaching explore the interface of medicine, religion, and the body in South Asia.
  • I do ethnographic, historical, and philological research to explain how and why people do things with texts to heal and promote wellbeing.
  • My research also contributes to the medical humanities and examines links between art-making and ethnography.


  • In 2022, my second book, THE PRACTICE OF TEXTS: EDUCATION AND HEALING IN SOUTH INDIA, came out with the University of California Press.
  • My ethnography-art project, "Manuscriptistan," was recently featured in a French publication: L’ARTHAŚĀSTRA (Les Belles Lettres, 2022).
  • In 2021-22, I was the Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality at the Kluge Center (Library of Congress) to work on Ayurveda in America.
  • In 2015, I was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support my research on medical education in India and my ethnographic-art project called, "Manuscriptistan."