The Divine Hierarchy: Popular Hinduism in Central India. New York: Columbia University Press, 1975.
Redemptive Encounters: Three Modern Styles in the Hindu Tradition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.
Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia. Introduction and co-edited with Susan S. Wadley. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
Absent Lord: Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996.
Multiple Histories Culture and Society in the Study of Rajasthan. Co-edited with Varsha Joshi and Michael Meister. Jaipur and Delhi: Rawat, 2002.
Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India. New Delhi: Sage, 2004.
Desert Temples: Sacred Centers of Rajasthan in Historical, Art-Historical and Social Contexts. Coauthored with Michael Meister and John Cort. Jaipur and New Delhi: Rawat (2008).
Recent and Forthcoming Articles
"Time and Temples: On Social and Metrical Antiquity." In Michael Meister, ed., Ethnography and Personhood: Notes from the Field, pp. 193-222. Jaipur and New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2000.
"Violence and the Construction of Trading-Caste Identity." In Babb, Joshi and Meister, eds., Multiple Histories (2002), pp. 15-38.
"Parasuram's Sacrifice: A Myth and Its Local Travels." In V. Joshi, ed. Culture, Communities and Change, pp. 133-53. Jaipur and Delhi: Rawat, 2002.
"Sects and Indian Religions." In V. Das, ed., The Oxford India Companion to Sociology and Social Anthropology, Vol., pp. 802-826. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003.
"Thwarted Sacrifice: On the Origin Myths of Jain Castes." In Olle Qvarnström, ed., Jainism and Early Buddhism: Essays in Honor of Padmanabh S. Jaini, pp. 29-46 . Fremont (Calif.): Asian Humanities Press, 2003.
"The Importance of Religious Rituals." Jain Spirit 17 (September 2003).
"Jainism." In The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Horowitz, Vol. 3, pp. 1161-62. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005.
"From Hinduism to Jainism (and Back Again)." In special edition of Jinamanjari on "American Studies of Jainism" edited by John Cort (34:2, pp. 25-33) (2006).
"Researching the Emerald City." In Emerald: First Impressions, pp. 21-41. Jaipur: Global Gem and Jewellery Media Centre. 2006.
"Tod and Traders," in James Tod's Rajasthan, edited by Giles Tillotson. Mumbai: Marg Publications. 2007.
"Jainism." In Darity, William A., Jr. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. 9 vols. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. Vol. 4, 166-67.
"Jainism." Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions. Ed., Mark Juergensmeyer.
Articles on Brahma Kumaris, Dada Lekhraj, Radhasoami, Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba Movement, Shirdi Sai Baba. Forthcoming in The Encyclopedia of Hinduism, RoutledgeCurzon.
"Recasting a Caste: The Case of the Dadhic Brahmans." Forthcoming in Festschrift for Gananath Obeyesekere, ed. by H. L. Seneviratne.
"Archaeology in Present Time," with John Cort and Michael Meister, forthcoming in Proceedings of 2007 Meetings of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists.