Ashok Kumar Mocherla

Ashok Kumar Mocherla

Yang Visiting Scholar of World Christianity
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  • MA (Sociology), University of Hyderabad
  • MPhil, University of Hyderabad
  • PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


Ashok Kumar Mocherla is a Yang Visiting Scholar in World Christianity at HDS for the 2022-23 academic year. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore. His academic interests include Sociology of Religion, Caste, and Indian Christianity; Sociology of Faith Healing and Public Health. He is the author of ‘Dalit Christians in South India: Caste, Ideology and Lived Religion’ (Routledge: 2020); He has held visiting positions at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia (2013); the University of Bielefeld, Germany (2010). His research has been funded by ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research), INSA (Indian National Science Academy), and AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), UK. His current book project Desacralizing the Body and Illness: Christianity Modernity, Missionary Medicine and Public Health in the Telugu Country examines how public perceptions of body and illness have been desacralized with the intervention of missionary medicine and Christian modernity in the Telugu-speaking region of South India. 

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See also

  • "We Called Her Peddamma: Caste, Gender, and Missionary Medicine in Guntur 1880-1930" (International Journal of Asian Christianity, 2020, Pp. 69-84.)

  • "Communism and the Cross: A Caste-class Trajectory of Conversion to Christianity in Coastal Andhra" (In: Peter Berger & Sarbeshwar Sahoo (Ed.) Godroads: Modalities of Religious Conversions in India. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. 2020. Pp. 68-84.)

  • "Interlocking Caste with Congregation: A Political Necessity for Dalit Christians in Andhra, South India" (In: Chad Bauman & Richard F Young (Ed). Constructing Indian Christianities: Conversion, Culture and Caste. New Delhi: Routledge Publication. 2014. Pp. 45-57.)


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