SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Prof Vasudha Narayanan

Vasudha Narayanan is Distinguished Professor, Department of Religion, at the University of Florida and a past President of the American Academy of Religion (2001-2002). She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University.

She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries. In addition, she is also the associate editor of the six-volume Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism.  Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from several organizations including the Centre for Khmer Studies; the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Institute of Indian Studies/ Smithsonian, and the Social Science Research Council.  Recent articles include: “The ‘Monument Visnuite’ at the Musee Guimet and the Luminous Pillar” (India and Southeast Asia: Cultural Discourses, ed. Anna L. Dallapiccola and Anila Verghese, 2017); “The History of the Academic Study of Religion in Universities, Centers, and Institutes in India” (Numen. Vol. 62, no. 1, 7-39); “The Hero at Play: Depictions of the Govardhana-Līlā story in Khmer art” (Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Vol. 23, no. 2, 131-147); and “Who is the Strong-Armed Monkey who Churns the Ocean of Milk?” (UDAYA: Journal of Khmer Studies, 11, 3-28).