Staff Research Interests

Our staff have a wide range of research interests across politics, international relations, philosophy and religion.

I received my MA and PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I teach courses on Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as theory and methods in Religious Studies. I am author of the book The Character of the Self in Ancient India: Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upanishads ( and co-editor of the book Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata (with Simon Brodbeck; I am currently doing research on Indian secularism and ethics in Indian philosophy.

My primary areas of research are:

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Indian Philosophy
  • Dialogue in Indian religious and philosophical traditions
  • Indian Ethics
  • Multiculturalism, social justice, and secularism in South Asia
  • Gender in Indian religion and philosophy

Current Projects

I recently co-organised an international conference: 'Asian Values and Social Justice' (26-28 September 2011).

I am currently writing two articles on ethics in Indian philosophy

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