Dr. Ehud (Udi) Halperin earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2012, after which he joined the East Asian Studies Department at Tel Aviv University. Halperin studies contemporary lived Hinduism in the Indian Himalaya, exploring issues relating to religion, society and practice in the region and beyond. In 2015 Halperin won a four-year Individual Research Grant of the Israel Science Foundation. As part of this project, he is now completing a book manuscript about the cult of the Indian Himalayan goddess Hadimba, and the narratives, rituals and controversies that are associated with her. The book will be published by Oxford University Press as part of a series by the American Academy of Religion, entitled Religion, Culture, and History Series. Halperin teaches courses on Indian goddess, Himalayan Hinduism, Hindu ritual, Pilgrimage, History of Hinduism, and others.