Peter Gottschalk (B.A. in History, The College of the Holy Cross; M.A. in South Asia Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. in the History of Religions, The University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Religion. His research and teaching concentrate on the confluence of religious cultures in South Asia, with a particular focus on Muslims and Hindus in contemporary rural India. His work investigates issues of identity, social memory, modernity, and epistemology. Among other works, he has written Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Multiple Identity in Narratives from Village India (2000), co-written Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy (2007), and co-designed the interactive website "A Virtual Village"(2001). He has seldom encountered anything with wings that he hasn't liked.