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Dr. Lavanya Vemsani

Dr. Lavanya Vemsani is multi-award-winning scholar and Distinguished Professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences at Shawnee State University. Vemsani is also Honorary Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She holds two doctorates in the subjects of Religious Studies (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada) and History (University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India) respectively. Her research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary and multifold. She researches and publishes on subjects of ancient history and religions as well as current history of India. Vemsani’s books include Hindu and Jain Mythology of Balarama; Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Lord of Many Names; Hinduism in Text and Context; and a number of articles on History and Religions of India. Her upcoming books include: Feminine Journeys of the Mahabharata; Hinduism in Middle India: Narasimha, The Lord of the Middle; India: A New History. She is the editor of International Journal of Indic Religion (2020-2023); and Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of History and the Journal of Indo-Pacifica Affairs. She previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Indic Studies (2018-2020); International Journal of Dharma and Hindu Studies (2015-17), and Associate Editor of Journal of South Asian Religious History (2017-20). Prof. Vemsani served as President of Ohio Academy of History (1919-21)...more
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