Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande

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Contact Information

Department of Religion
3010 Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Hinduism, languages and cultures of India, sociolinguistics, South Asian languages (Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit), Language of Religion, Asian Mythology, and Religion in Diaspora.


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981
Ph.D. Nagpur University, 1973
M.A. Nagpur University, 1964
B.A. Nagpur University, India, 1962

Awards and Honors

University Distinguished Teacher Scholar, 2009
William Prokasy Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, 1996
Harriet and Charles Luckman All Campus Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1996
University Scholar, 1992

Courses Taught

Fall 2012
RLST 104: Asian Mythology

Additional Campus Affiliations

Center for Global Studies
Affiliate (Emerita) - Center for Translation Studies
Professor - Comparative and World Literature
Professor - LAS Global Studies
Professor Emeritus - Linguistics

Highlighted Publications


Language of Religion in South Asia: Theory and Practice. forthcoming from Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011.

Sociolinguistic Dimensions of Marathi. 2003.

A Grammar of the Marathi Language. Routledge, 1997.

The Eternal Self and the Cycle of Samsara. Ginn Press, 1990.