John (Nick) Tackes

Nick Tackes studies the intersection of food, self-care, and religion in contemporary North India. His current research addresses the patrons of Baba Ramdev, an immensely popular yoga guru whose TV show and product line cast healthy living in terms that interlace physiological well-being with Hindu traditionalism and Indian nationalism. The primary aim of this project is to test the extent to which diet and exercise can and should be read as modes of religious self-fashioning in India. To this end, Nick works among fields such as Religion, Medical Anthropology, Public Health, and Food Studies. He is currently a first-year PhD student in Columbia’s Religion Department