Faculty: Michael Allen, Erik Braun, Sonam Kachru, Shankar Nair, John Nemec
The Department of Religious Studies offers graduate training in classical and contemporary Hinduism, with an emphasis on historical, textual, and philosophical methods. Supported languages include Sanskrit, Hindi, Braj Bhāṣā, and Kashmiri (though students sometimes work beyond these languages, as well). Our faculty has particular strengths in śāstric traditions, including metaphysics, theology, logic, grammar, and aesthetics. Areas of faculty research include Śaiva traditions, Tantra, Vedānta, Hindu-Buddhist philosophical debates, traditions of encounter between Hinduism and Islam, and Hinduism and ecology.