Curriculum Vitae

Office Address

Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1234 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive

Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA


Highest University Degree

Ph.D. (Classical Indian and Buddhist Studies), University of Vienna

Areas of Specialization

Classical Indian Studies (Indology), Sanskrit language and literature, Hinduism, Indian Buddhism, Tantric iconography and ritual

Academic Appointments

Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1999 – present

(1994-2016: Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Chair, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2010-2013

Associate Professor, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia

(formerly Department of South Asian Studies), University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994-1999

Assistant Professor, Department of South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1992-1994

Spalding Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford 1992

Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University 1991-1992

Research Fellow, Department of Indian Philosophy, Nagoya University, Japan 1989-1991

Senior Research Fellow, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, India 1983-1989

Research Assistant, Department of Indology, Hamburg University, Germany 1982-1983

Post-doctoral Researcher, Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, Pune University, India 1980-1982

Major Fellowships, Grants and Awards

Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006)

Vilas Associate Award, University of Wisconsin (2000–2002)

Research Assistance Grant, American Academy of Religion (1998, 2005)

Faculty Development Grant, University of Wisconsin (2000)

Contemplative Practice Grant (for course development), American Council of Learned Societies (2000)

Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council (1999, 2003)

Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (1998)

Fellowship for University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities (1997)

Senior Long Term Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies (1996)

Spalding Visiting Fellowship in Indian Philosophy and Religion, Wolfson College, Oxford (1992)

Fellowship, Numata Foundation, Tokyo (1991-1992)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo (1989-1991)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi (1987-1989)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn (1983-1985)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Bonn (1980-1982)

Michael Coulson Junior Fellowship in Indology, Wolfson College, Oxford (1978)

Fellowship, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, Gummersbach (1976-1980)

Memberships in Professional Associations and Institutions

American Academy of Religions (current)

American Association of University Women (current)

American Council for Southern Asian Art (current)

Teaching Academy, University of Wisconsin-Madison (current)

Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, India (life member)

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (alumna)

Wolfson College, Oxford (alumna)