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Elliott McCarter

Headshot of Prof Elliott McCarter

Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies (Hindi-Urdu)


Office: Buttrick 255




  • BA – University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 1999
  • MA – University of Texas, Austin, 2005
  • PhD – University of Texas, Austin, 2013


  • Language curriculum
  • Assessment materials
  • Narratives about places in South Asia
  • History of stories


Elliott McCarter joined the Asian Studies Program in 2016 as Senior Lecturer of Hindi-Urdu. In addition to language curriculum and assessment materials, Elliott’s research focuses on narratives about places in South Asia and the history of stories. A lover of popular culture and media, Dr. McCarter employs his broad training in South Asian languages and cultures to examine various threads of meaning surrounding certain locales. This focus complements his proficiency-based method to language instruction. Extending beyond teaching the fundamentals of communication in Hindi-Urdu, his approach is to surround the study of language with a richness of cultural and historical context.

Elliott has lived in various regions of India, but especially in Haryana. In addition to Hindi-Urdu, he is proficient in Sanskrit and has an understanding of several other North Indian dialects and languages. In his spare time, Elliott enjoys gardening and athletics, especially cycling, baseball, and cricket.


  • “Kurukshetra as a Vaishnava Tirtha.” Journal of Vaisnava Studies, Vol.27, No.1 / Fall 2018, pp. 17-22.