Elliot Montpellier


Elliot is a dual-degree PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of South Asia Studies. He is interested in the study of mediatized discourse about Islam, piety, and morality in Pakistani broadcast media productions, specifically television drama serials. His ethnographic work is located in Karachi, Pakistan as well as in digital spaces. He connects these overlapping virtual and physical worlds by examining the interplay of media production and reception and the impact of the Internet on shaping pious publics in South Asia.  


M.A. Islamic Studies, McGill University, 2015
B.S.P.H. Environmental Health Science and Asian Studies (Arabic), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Research Interests

Anthropology of religion, Islamic studies, Pakistan studies, piety, everyday religion, Urdu literary culture, media and digital ethnography, social media, television, media history in modern South Asia, mediatization, and affect.

Selected Publications

2020. "Mirāt ul-‘Urūs on the Small Screen: Family TV Dramas and the Making of Pious Publics in Pakistan," Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/0974927619901046

Graduation Year



Dissertation Title

Mediatizing Islam: The Digital Turn and the Promotion of Piety in a Pakistani Culture Industry

Graduate Status