In addition to serving on several editorial boards, I am a founding editor of two book series,
and the founding editor of the journal
In Asian Studies, my early training was in the Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit languages, and my first research project was on formal rule-conflicts in Indian linguistics (the generative Sanskrit grammar by Panini). Later, I moved to teach and research in the history of medicine in India and South Asia, and this has remained an active research area for me. Over the last five years, I have begun to research the history of classical Yoga in India, and that has immediately connected with aspects of early Indian Buddhism, out of which Yoga arose.
I am currently working on a book that presents the history of classical Indian medicine through a series of commented translations that illustrate how ideas changed through time. This will be published in a news series from Columbia UP called Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought. Other writing projects include a book on the history of Yoga Asanas, co-authored with Philipp Maas (Vienna), a study of debate and disagreement in the tradition of scholarly Indian medicine, and a work on the intellectual history of traditional Indian physicians in the two centuries preceding colonialism.
If there's a golden thread through my research interests it is the study of source materials in their original languages, mainly Sanskrit and Pali.
Fields of Graduate Supervision (I am not accepting new PhD students)
I run a graduate research seminar each semester for reading Sanskrit literature and exploring topics in philology.
I teach several undergraduate courses annually, including "Introduction to Classical India," "History of Indian Yoga and Meditation," "History of Science in Early India," and "Topics in the History of Medicine: Ayurveda: The Science of Life in Ancient India."
See the University of Alberta website for South Asian Studies: http://sas.ualberta.ca
The world of Classical India, from the emergence of the Mauryan Empire in the fourth century BCE to the close of the Gupta Empire in the fifth century CE.Fall Term 2021
Introduction to the basic concepts of historical inquiry and techniques of research and writing in History. Course includes lectures and discussions. Required for History majors. Prerequisite: A previous course in History or consent of the Department.Winter Term 2021
Indigenous scientific activities and achievements of ancient and classical India, from 500 BCE to 1400 CE.Fall Term 2021
The history and philosophy of early Yoga, exploring its focus on meditation, its literature, its connections with Buddhism, and its historical evolution. HIST 110, 289, or CLASS 110 are recommended but not required.Winter Term 2021
Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.Winter Term 2022
1 April 2020 - 31 March 2024
In January 2007, the Nepal-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project announced the discovery of a palm-leaf manuscript of The Compendium of Sushruta that is reliably datable to 876 CE. The Compendium is a foundational treatise of classical Indian medicine written in Sanskrit about two thousand years ago. This manuscript pushes our physical evidence for the treatise back by a millennium and revels a much earlier stage of the work’s textual development. This SSHRC-funded project explores the history of medicine in South Asia in the context of this new evidence.The Sushruta Project
I am the founding editor of this new international journal.HSSA
I am a founding editor, with Profs. Paul Unschuld and Lawrence I. Conrad, of a book series published with Brill, Leiden. The series publishes volumes on the history of science and medicine in Asia.Publisher's website for the SHWAS
I am a founding editor, with Prof. K. G. Zysk. The series is published in Delhi by Motilal Banarsidass.Publisher's website