New Faculty 2020


Anand Venkatkrishnan

Assistant Professor
Divinity School and the College

Anand Venkatkrishnan specializes in the history of early modern Indian philosophy and religion. His book in progress, “Love in the Time of Scholarship: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa in Indian Intellectual History,” examines the relationship between regional-language devotional traditions and Sanskrit scholarly life. He shows how Sanskrit scholars in early modern India allowed personal religious commitments to feature in and reshape their scholastic writing, and how vernacular ways of knowing pushed through the glass ceiling of Sanskrit intellectuality. His second project, “Left-Hand Practice,” studies the writings of religious intellectuals in 20th-century India who had strong affinities for the political left. 

His research has appeared in the Journal of Indian Philosophy, Journal of Hindu Studies, and South Asian History and Culture.

Venkatkrishnan received a PhD in South Asian religion from Columbia University and a BA in classics from Stanford University. Most recently, he was a preceptor in Sanskrit at Harvard University. Prior to that, he held the Asoke Kumar Sarkar Junior Research Fellowship at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

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