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Arun Brahmbhatt

Arun Brahmbhatt

Arun Brahmbhatt

Assistant Professor


513 Hall of Languages


South Asian Studies


PhD, University of Toronto, Department for the Study of Religion & Centre for South Asian Studies, 2018.

MTS, Harvard Divinity School, South Asian Religions, 2008.

BA, Tufts University, 2006.

Courses Taught

REL 185 - Hinduism

Biographic Overview

Arun Brahmbhatt is a scholar of language, place, and modernity in colonial and contemporary South Asia and in the South Asian diaspora. His book project, Debating Sanskrit: The Scholastic Imperative in Modern Hinduism, employs archival, textual, and ethnographic approaches to examine the sustained deployment of Sanskrit in Gujarati religious communities from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Research Interests

Sanskrit knowledge systems, commentarial traditions, religious narrative, postcolonial historiography

Research Specializations

Hinduism & South Asian Religions

Honors and Awards
  • Shivdasani Visiting Fellowship, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 2022
  • Faculty Research Fellowship Award, St. Lawrence University, 2021
  • Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2014-2016
  • Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship, 2012-2013