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Paul B. CourtrightProfessor Emeritus

Professor Courtright received his B.A. from Grinnell College, M.Div. from Yale, and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He had taught previously at Williams College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

His teaching interests focus on religions of South Asia, particularly Hinduism; religious change in nineteenth century India, and visual cultures in colonial India. He is the author of Ganesa: Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings (Oxford, 1985); co-editor of From the Margins of Hindu Marriage: Essays in Gender, Culture and Religion (Oxford, 1995), and various articles in the Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan, 1987; second edition,2005).

He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the National Humanities Center, and The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. He is currently completing The Goddess and the Dreadful Practice (Oxford, forthcoming).

He is also conducting research on the role of satire and caricature in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century India.


Ganesa: Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings

From the Margins of Hindu Marriage: Essays on Gender, Religion, and Culture