Karlie is a PhD. student in the Department of Anthropology. There she focuses on India religions, sovereignty, reform movements, temporality, and psycho-analysis. She has completed her Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) Degree at Harvard University Divinity School in the anthropology of South Asian Religions and Sanskrit Literature. Most recently she looked at futurity and sustainability discourses in Western Odisha, mining development and slumification in northwestern Odisha State, and religion and regional sovereignties. Her present research in Odisha (Orissa) focuses on the intersections of local goddess traditions and the politic of power. Currently she works at a temple site in Odisha researching how present and historical regional nationalisms operationalize local goddess traditions.