Richard H. Davis

Professor of Religion; Director, Religion Program; Director, Asian Studies Program

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Religion, Theology


B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., University of Toronto; Ph.D., University of Chicago. Assistant and associate professor of religious studies, Yale University (1987–97). Publications: The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2014); A Priest's Guide to the Great Festival: Aghorasiva's Mahotsavavidhi (2009); Lives of Indian Images (1997; winner of 1999 A. K. Coomaraswamy Prize); Ritual in an Oscillating Universe: Worshiping Siva in Medieval India (1991). Edited volumes: Images, Miracles, and Authority in Asian Religious Traditions (1998); Picturing the Nation: Iconographies of Modern India (2006). Fellowships include Guggenheim, Fulbright-Hays, Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities. At Bard since 1997.


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