University of Pennsylvania
University of Iowa
B.A. (cum laude) 1972
History of Religions
University of Oregon 2009-2011
Executive Vice-Chancellor and Provost
University of Kansas 2006-2009
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
University of Texas 1999-2006
Associate Vice President for International Programs
University of Texas, 1995-1999
Judson Neff Centennial Fellow
IC2 Institute, University of Texas 1995-Present
Bruton Chair in Liberal Arts
University of Texas 1999-2006
Jacob and Frances Mossiker Chair in the Humanities
University of Texas, 2003-2006
Ralph B. Thomas Regents Professor of Asian Studies
University of Texas, 1993-2003
Technical Advisor to Perot Systems Corporation, 1993-96
Consultant to Deluxe Corporation, General Instrument Corporation, MetLife, Cisco Systems, Sabre Holdings, HCL Corporation, Saville Systems Corporation, Deluxe Data Systems, Telular Corporation and others, 1995-Present
Expert witness in cases relating to Indian law, 1995-Present
Director, Center for Asian Studies
University of Texas at Austin, 1986-1994
Assistant Professor to Professor of Sanskrit
Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures
University of Texas at Austin, 1982-1990
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Asian Languages and Literature and
School of Religion (joint appointment)
University of Iowa, 1980-82
South Asia Regional Studies Department
University of Pennsylvania, 1978-79
French (reading and speaking)
Hindi (reading and speaking)
London, Oxford, Paris, Calcutta, Poona, Kathmandu, Tokyo, Beijing, Lahore, Munich, Colombo, Madras, other cities in India.
Council on Foreign Relations (Life Member)
Society for Design and Process Science (founding member)
American Oriental Society
Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain
Asiatic Society of Bengal (Life Member)
Association for Asian Studies
Bangīya Sāhitya Pariṣat (Calcutta)
Saṁskṛta Sāhitya Pariṣat (Calcutta)
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (Pune) (life member)
Texas Philosophical Society
Phi Beta Kappa Society
Academic Awards (selected)
Margaret C. Berry Award for outstanding contribution to student life at the University of Texas, 2004
Eyes of Texas Award for outstanding contribution to student life at the University of Texas, 2004 and 1993
Robert Murff Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to Career Services from the Texas Campus Career Council, 2000
Visiting Professor Collège de France, Paris 1996-97
Judson Neff Centennial Fellow at the IC2 (Innovation, Creativity and Capitalism) Institute IC2 Institute, Austin, Texas 1995 - present
Jan Gonda Lecturer at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam 1994
Appointed by the Board of Regents the University of Texas to the Jacob and Frances Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, 2003-
Appointed by the Board of Regents the University of Texas to the Ralph B. Thomas Regents Professorship in Asian Studies, 1993-2003
In 1990 the Centro Piemontese di Studi sul Medio ed Estremo Oriente (Turin) selected, The Nāradasm, for the annual 10,000,000 Lire CESMEO Prize for the best book on South Asia
Raymond Dickson Teaching Fellowship, University of Texas 1984-85
American Institute of Indian Studies Grants to India 1994, 1984, 1980, 1976
University Research Institute Summer Research Award, University of Texas, June - August, 1984, 1983
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow 1979 - 1983
American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council (Joint Committee on South Asia) Research Grant June, 1979 - January, 1980
University of Pennsylvania, Dissertation Fellowship 1977 - 1978
Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship 1976 - 1977
National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship 1973 - 1975
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Iowa 1972
Professional Service (selected)
Board of Directors Hong Kong American Center, Hong Kong (2001- 2006)
U.S. Delegate to the Union Académique Internationale (1995- ) member of Board of Directors(1995- ) member of Board of Directors (2004-2007)
Board of Directors EMR Technology Ventures Gurgaon, India(2000 - )
Board of Directors, HPS [an IT services company joint venture between HCL Corporation/Perot Systems Corporation], Amsterdam (1995-2003)
Board of Directors, Council of American Overseas Research Centers Washington, D.C.(1991-) Chairman 1998-2004
Advisor to the Lt. Governor of the State of Texas on Education Policy and Finance (1993- 4)
Director of the National Resource Center for South Asia, University of Texas (1986-94)
Vice-President of the American Institute of Indian Studies (1989-1990), Executive Committee (1988- 90)
Board of Directors of the American Oriental Society (1988-2005)
Advisory Board, Japan-America Student Conference, Washington, D.C.(1988-2003)
National Endowment for the Humanities panelist (1980, 1985)
Outside Examiner of candidates for the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Sanskrit in the University of Calcutta, and for Annamalai University in India
2010 “Dharmaśāstra, “Real” Law and “Apocryphal Smṛtis” in DHARMA: Studies in its Semantic, Cultural and Religious History, edited by Patrick Olivelle, Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 2009. [reprint of article first appearing in Bernhard Kölver (ed.) Law, State, and Administration in Classical India, R. Oldenbourg, Munich, 1997.] (1.3 MB PDF)
2005 "Law and Religion in Hinduism" in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION, second edition volume 8, pp. 5343-5347.
2004 "Dharmaśāstra, "Real" Law and "Apocryphal Smṛtis" in Journal of Indian Philosophy 32 (2004) 611-627 [reprint of article first appearing in Bernhard Kölver (ed.) Law, State, and Administration in Classical India, R. Oldenbourg, Munich, 1997.]
2002 “Language Curricula in Universities: What and How” in THE MODERN LANGUAGE JOURNAL 86 (2002) 244-246.
1998 "Slavery in India" in Encyclopedia of Slavery, Macmillan, New York (1998) 392-39.
1998 "Textual Criticism vs. History: What can we know from the śāstra?" in Lienhard and Piovano (eds.) LEX ET LITTERAE: Studies in Honour of Oscar Botto, Edizioni dell'ORSO, Turin, (1998) 313-327.
1997 An Analysis of Dharmaśāstras Special Norms about Marriage in Ancient India (Chinese translation of "Never Marry a Woman with Hairy Ankles") translated by Li Qixin and Liu Jing, in JOURNAL OF SUN YATSEN UNIVERSITY, SOCIAL SCIENCE EDITION, vol.37 (1997) pp. 159-163.
1997 "Dharmaśāstra, "Real" Law and "Apocryphal Smṛtis" in Bernhard Kölver (ed.) Law, State, and Administration in Classical India, R. Oldenbourg, Munich, (1997), pp. 97-109.
1997 "Law and Religion in India," in Law, Morality, and Religion: Global Perspectives, edited by Alan Watson, University of California Press, (1997), pp. 75-94.
1996 "Dharmaśāstra: Its Present Value and Relevance," in The Perennial Tree: Select Papers of the International Symposium on Indian Studies, New Age, New Delhi, (1996), pp. 177-189.
1996 "Never Marry a Woman with Hairy Ankles," in Festschrift für Dieter Schlingloff, edited by Friedrich Wilhelm, Orientalistische Fachpublicationen, Reinbek, Germany, (1996) pp. 163-172.
1995 "Protestants, Orientalists, and Sanskritists" Second Annual Jan Gonda Lecture, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam (1995).
1993 " 'A Persistent Dissonance' Parallel Realms of Law," in Robert D. Baird (ed.) Religion and Law in Independent India, Manohar Publications, New Delhi, 1993, pp.351-360.
1991 The Last Resort for Dispute Settlement in Classical India," DROIT ET CULTURES (Nanterre) Volume 22 (1992) pp. 25-32.
1990 "Some Remarks on Indian Studies in the United States," [translated into Chinese by Jiang Huang] in South Asian Studies (Beijing) volume 1 (1990) 84-87.
1990 "Matrimonial Remedies for Women in Classical Hindu Law: Alternatives to Divorce" in Julia Leslie (ed.) Rules and Remedies in Classical Indian Law, E.J. Brill, 1991, pp. 37-45.
1989 "Justices and Paṇḍitas: Some Ironies in Contemporary Readings of the Hindu Legal Past." THE JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES volume 48 (1989) 757-769.
1989 "Novoe Izdanie Nārada-smṛti." ["The New Edition of the ' Nāradasmṛti " translated into Russian by A.A. Vigasin] VESTNIK DREVNEI ISTORII (Journal of Ancient History, Moscow) volume 1 (1989) 211-214.
1988 "Adhikāra--Right and Responsibility," in M.A. Jazayery and Werner Winter, (eds.) FESTSCHRIFT FOR EDGAR C. POLOMÉ, Mouton, Amsterdam, 1988, pp. 359-364.
1987 "Witnesses as the Basis for All Other Modes of Proof in Hindu Law" in Richard W. Lariviere and Richard G. Salomon (eds.) FESTSCHRIFT FOR LUDO ROCHER ON HIS SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY, Madras (India) 1987, pp. 60-70.
1987 "Goldman's First Volume of the Rāmāyaṇa Translation" JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY volume 107 (1987) 356-360.
1986 "Law and Religion in South Asia" in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION, volume 8, pp. 464-469 Mircea Eliade, editor in chief, (1986).
1986 "Competing Equalities: Affirmative Action in India." HASTINGS INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW REVIEW volume 10 (1986) 199-210.
1985 "A Compilation of Pitāmaha Verses Found in Two Manuscripts from Nepal," STUDIEN ZUR INDOLOGIE UND IRANISTIK, volume 10 (1985) 103-132.
1984 "A Sanskrit Jayapattra from Eighteenth Century Mithilā," in STUDIES IN DHARMAŚĀSTRA, pp. 49-80. Firma KLM Publishers, 1984.
1984 "A Bogus Passage in Jolly's Nāradasmṛti," INDO-IRANIAN JOURNAL, volume 27 (1984) 201-205.
1984 "More Avenues for Delay in the Pious Obligation" THE JOURNAL OF THE INDIAN LAW INSTITUTE, volume 26.3 (1984) 355-359.
1984 "An Institution Designed to Control Potential Abuses of Ordeals in Classical Hindu Law," JOURNAL OF THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE OF BARODA, volume 34 (1984) 35-39.
1983 "More Equine Lexicography: the hamstring is not connected to the nose," JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 103 (1983) 421-422.
1982 "Āsedha and Ākroṡa: Arrest in the Sarasvatīvilāsa," in Indology And Law: Studies In Honour Of Professor J. Duncan M. Derrett, edited by G.-D. Sontheimer and P.K. Aithal, BEITRAGE ZUR SÜDASIENFORSCHUNG, SÜDASIEN-INSTITUT, UNIVERSITÄT HEIDELBERG, Band 77, 1982, pp. 205-222.
1981 "Madhyamamīmāṁsā--the Saṅkarṣakāṇḍa" WIENER ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR DIE KUNDE SÜDASIENS, volume 25 (1981) 179-194.
1981 "Ordeals in India and Europe," JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 101 (1981) 347-349.
1981 "The Judicial Wager in Hindu Law," ANNALS OF THE BHANDARKAR ORIENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, volume 62 (1981) 135-145.
1980 Articles on South Asian geography revised and updated for the 1980 edition of the ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA. (Including articles on Delhi, Bangalore, Calcutta, Andhra Pradesh, Gauhati, Hardwar, Herat, Indore, Jaipur, Lahore, Lakshadweep, Maldive Islands, Malwa, Ganges, Narmada River, Indus River, Patna, Madras, Bombay, Hoogly River, Manassarovar, Mt. Abu, and others.)
1976 A Note on the Koṡadivya," BRAHMAVIDYĀ‚: THE ADYAR LIBRARY BULLETIN, volume 40 (1976) 152-165.
1975 "The Indian Supreme Court and the Freedom of Religion, JOURNAL OF CONSTITUTIONAL STUDIES, volume 9 (1975) 172-187.
2003 The Nāradasmṛti. Second edition. Motilal Banarsidass, New Delhi.
1989 The Nāradasmṛti. 2 volumes. In The University Of Pennsylvania Studies In South Asia, Philadelphia, (1989). [The Centro Piemontese di Studi sul Medio ed Estremo Oriente (Turin) selected this book in 1990 for the annual 10,000,000 Lire CESMEO Prize for the best book on South Asia.]
1987 Festschrift For Ludo Rocher On His Sixtieth Birthday (a collection of articles by various scholars) edited for BRAHMAVIDYĀ‚ THE ADYAR LIBRARY BULLETIN, volume 51 (1987) Madras (India).
1984 Studies In Dharmaśāstra (a collection of articles by various scholars) edited for Firma KLM Publishers, Calcutta (India) 1984.
1981 The Divyatattva Of Raghunandana Bhaṭṭācaryā: Ordeals In Classical Hindu Law, Manohar Publications, Delhi (India) 1981.
2002 Muhammad Azam Chaudhary, Justice in Practice: Legal Ethnography of a Pakistani Punjabi Village. THE JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES 61 (2002) 1400-1401
1998 R. Goldman and S. Goldman, The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: An Epic of Ancient India, volume 5, Sundarakāṇḍa, Princeton. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY118 (1998), 426-427.
1996 Rosalind Lefeber The Kiṡkindhakāṇḍa of the Rāmāyaṇa. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY 116 (1996) 163-164.
1993 George L. Hart and Hank Heifetz: The Forest Book of the Rāmāyaṇa of Kampan JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY volume 113 (1993) 325-327.
1993 Sheldon I. Pollock: The Āraṇyakāṇḍa of the Rāmāyaṇa. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY volume 113 (1993) 325-327.
1992 Marc Galanter: Law and Society in Modern India. JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN STUDIES 51 (1992) pp.192-192.
1990 S.C. Malik, ed.: Determinants of Social Status in India. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, 110 (1990) 379-380.
1990 Ainslie T. Embree and Stephen Hay, eds.: Sources of Indian Tradition. Second Edition. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, 110 (1990) 734-735.
1989 Sheldon I. Pollock The Ayodhyakāṇḍa of the Rāmāyaṇa. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, 109 (1989) 146-147.
1987 Romila Thapar From Lineage to State; Social Formation in the Mid-First Millennium B.C. in the Gaṅga Valley. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 107 (1987) 517-518.
1987 William Cenkner: A Tradition of Teachers: Śaṅkara and the Jagadgurus today. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 107 (1987) 778-780.
1987 Jan Gonda: Prajāpati and the Year. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 107 (1987) 837.
1987 Veena Das: Structure and Cognition: Aspects of Hindu Caste and Ritual, second edition JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 107 (1987) 837-838.
1986 Jacques Scheuer: Śiva dans le Mahābhārata. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 106 (1986) 348-9.
1986 J.C. Heesterman: The Inner Conflict of Tradition; Essays in Indian Ritual, Kingship, and Society. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 106 (1986) 601-602.
1986 Reinhard May: Law & Society East and West: Dharma, Li and Nomos, their contribution to thought and life. JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR ASIAN STUDIES volume 45 (1986) 811-812.
1986 H.D. Sankalia: The Rāmayāṇa in Historical Perspective. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 106 (1986) 882-883.
1985 S.N. Mukherjee: India: History and Thought (Essays in Honour of A.L. Basham). JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES, volume 45 (1985) 432-434.
1985 Richard Fox Young: Resistant Hinduism: Sanskrit Sources on Anti-Christian Apologetics in Early Nineteenth Century India. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 105 (1985) 182-183.
1985 Frank Whaling: The Rise of the Religious Significance of Rāma. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 105 (1985) 183-184.
1985 Rajendra I. Nanavati: Secondary Tales of the Two Great Epics. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 105, (1985) 383.
1985 C.R. Deshpande: Transmission of the Mahābhārata Tradition JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 105, (1985) 383-384.
1985 Stephen Neill: A History of Christianity in India; the beginnings to A.D. 1707. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 105 (1985) 784-786.
1984 Terence P. Day: The Conception of Punishment in Early Indian Literature. JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES, volume 43 (1984) 565-566.
1984 P.L. Bhargava: Fundamentals of Hinduism. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 104 (1984) 338-339.
1983 Jean W. Sedlar: India and the Greek World. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION, March, 1983, 133-134.
1983 Terence P. Day: The Conception of Punishment in Early Indian Literature. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION, December, 1983.
1982 H.S. Bhatia, ed.: Origin and Development of Legal and Political System in India, 3 volumes. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 102 (1982) 233.
1982 R. Ananthakrishna Sastry: Viṣņusahasranāma with the Bhāṣya of Śrī Ṡaṅkarācārya. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION, March 1982, 126-127.
1980 Antonio T. de Nicolas: Meditations through the Ṛg Veda: Four Dimensional Man. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 99 (1980) 540.
1980 K. Krishnamoorthy: Vakroktijīvita of Kuntaka. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 100 (1980) 324.
1980 T.M.P. Mahadevan and Grace E. Cairns: Contemporary Indian Philosophers of History. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 100 (1980) 324-325.
1979 S. Subrahmanya Sastri and T.R. Srinivasa Ayyangar: Jīvanmuktiviveka (Liberation of Life) of Vidyāraṇya. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 99 (1979) 541.
1979 Upendranath Dhal: Goddess Lakṣmī: Origin and Development. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 99 (1979) 540-541.
1979 Chris Popenoe: Inner Development: The YES Bookshop Guide. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY, volume 99 (1979) 541.
1988 Indian Literature chapter in Literature: World Masterpieces Prentice-Hall, 1990.