Julie A. Hanlon holds a joint-PhD from the University of Chicago in Anthropology and South Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her research program is inherently interdisciplinary and actively engages methods in the digital humanities to collect, visualize, and statistically analyze textual and spatial data from archaeological, epigraphical, and literary sources. She has participated in archaeological research projects across the Indian subcontinent and is proficient in both Hindi and Tamil. She has taught courses on the archaeology and history of South Asia, anthropological perspectives in South Asia, political economy, and classical Tamil literature. Her recent work examines the materiality of Tamil texts and inscriptions, and the ways in which the preservation, destruction, and reuse of literature and landscape figured in the formation and negotiation of religious identities in first millennium South India.