Chiara Letizia is Professor of South Asian Religions at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has been conducting research on religion and society in Nepal since 1997. Her fieldwork has focused on the anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism, namely on ritual and symbolism, religion and politics, ethnic and religious activism. Between 2009 and 2011 she was Newton Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, where she investigated the meanings, shaping and implementation of secularism in Nepal. She is the co-editor of Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal (2016).