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Vaishnavi Patil is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University in the History of Art and Architecture department working on South and Southeast Asia. She is interested in studying female deities, especially mother goddesses in South Asia. Her work seeks to understand the networks of transmissions of ideas and imagery, the role of artists, patrons, and devotees in shaping religion, and the reciprocity and connectedness in the religions of South Asia, through the sacred feminine. Before joining Harvard, Vaishnavi received her B.A. in Ancient Indian History and Culture (2014) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and an MA in History of Art and Archaeology (2015) from SOAS, London. She was a Yenching scholar at Peking University, China, receiving an MA in China Studies (2018). In addition to her studies, Vaishnavi has worked on projects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Harvard Art Museums.