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Vasudha Narayanan (Religion)

Vasudha Naryanan is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion.  She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University. Her fields of interest are the Sri Vaishnava tradition; Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America; visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and gender issues. She is currently working on Hindu temples and traditions in Cambodia.  She has also written on attitudes toward nature in Hinduism and participated in the Religion and Ecology conference series organized through Harvard University (http://www.hds.harvard.edu/cswr/about/history/ecology.html).

She is the author or editor of seven books and over ninety articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from several organizations including the Centre for Khmer Studies (2007); the American Council of Learned Societies (2004-2005); National Endowment for the Humanities (1987, 1989-90, and 1998-99), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1991-92), the American Institute of Indian Studies/ Smithsonian, and the Social Science Research Council. She was the president of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies from 1996-1998 and is also a past president of the American Academy of Religion.

Office: 107 Anderson Hall
Phone: (352) 273-2928
Email: vasu@ufl.edu
Web Page: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/vasu/