Vasudha Narayanan is Distinguished Professor in the 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. Her fields of interest are the 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.
Professor Narayanan 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 five-volume Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism. 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. Dr. Narayanan was named University of Florida’s Teacher Scholar of the Year in 2010.