I grew up in the ancient city of Allahabad in north India in a household that cherished literature and encouraged creativity. My parents shared our home with poets, animals, birds, flowers and trees. I am passionate about poetry, especially the ghazal. I enjoy teaching, love gardening and am an ardent animal lover.
My research interests:
I was drawn to the languages, literatures and cultures of South Asia in college, when I studied for a year in India at the Maharaja Sayajirao University. I lived in a Rajasthani village for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, and later specialized in the classical and medieval languages, Sanskrit, Prakrit and Apabhramsa in graduate school. In addition to my research and teaching activities, I have administered South Asia centers at several universities, as well as directed a research library for a couple of years in Hyderabad, India as a Fulbright.