Deven M. Patel

Associate Professor, Department of South Asia Studies

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

M.A. University of California at Berkeley

B.A. Columbia

Office Location: 
Williams Hall
Research Interests: 

Sanskrit language and literature (belles-lettres, epics, and drama); traditions of South Asian grammar and linguistics; the history, aesthetics, and reception of Indian literatures; Indian philosophy and intellectual history; Pali, Prakrit, Hindi and Gujarati language and literature; translation theory.

Selected Publications: 


  • Text to Tradition: The Naiṣadhīyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia (Columbia University Press, 2014)

Selected Journal Articles 

  • “Source, Exegesis, and Translation: Sanskrit Commentary and Regional Language Translation in South Asia.”  Journal of the American Oriental Society, Volume 131, No. 2 (April-June 2011), pp. 245-266.
  • “Shared Typologies of Kāmaśāstra, Alaṅkāraśāstra and Literary Criticism.” Journal of Indian Philosophy, Volume 39, No.1 (February 2011), pp. 101-122.
  • "Sanskrit Poetry." The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th Edition.  Ed. Greene and Cushman. Princeton University Press, 2012.  Pp. 1250-1255.
  • "Mettābhāvanā in Traditional and Popular Buddhist Contexts."  Asian Philosophy, Volume 23 (4): 323-340 (2013).