John (Nick) Tackes

Nick Tackes studies the intersection of healing and religion in contemporary North India. His current research addresses the bootstraps mentality of the Gayatri Pariwar, a Hindu organization invested in self, social, and environmental reform. The aim of this project is to test the extent to which self-care practices braid together the medical, the religious, and the political in applications such as reading, diet, and river cleanup campaigns. To this end, Nick works among fields such as Religion, Medical Anthropology, and Public Health. He is currently a second-year PhD student in Columbia’s Religion Department.