Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College
Whitney Cox’s principal interest lies in Sanskrit language and literature, as well as premodern Tamil and the cultural, political, and social history of far southern India. His recent research has touched on a wide spectrum of issues, including the political history of the major imperial dynasty of the medieval Tamil country, the centuries-long connections between the southern reaches of the subcontinent and the valley of Kashmir in the northwest, the transformations of late-medieval textual scholarship, Sanskrit and Tamil literary theory, modes of premodern historical writing in Sanskrit, and the pan-Indic traditions of the tantric worship of the Hindu deity Shiva.
The author of numerous articles and the editor of three collections of essays, Cox is in the process of completing two monographs. He received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, as well as support from the British Academy and the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Cox earned his BA with honors in history and religious studies from the University of Virginia. His graduate work at the University of Chicago led to a PhD with distinction. He was previously affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
Cox joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.