Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Shawnee State University
Website URL
History; Asian Studies; Asian American Studies; World History; History of Religions; Asian Religions; Hinduism and Jainism; History of India; Gender Studies; Gandhi and Modern India
Additional Contact Information twitter handle: @ProfVemsani

Personal Info

About Me

Lavanya Vemsani is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH. She holds two doctorates in History (University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India) and Religious Studies (McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada). She is the author of two books: Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: Encyclopedia of the Hindu Lord of Many Names and Hindu and Jain Mythology of Balarama and Editor of Modern Hinduism in Text and Context. She is the author of a number articles on History and Religions of India.  She is the Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Indic Studies, and Associate Editor of Journal of South Asian Religious History. Her book on Indian history, India, A New History, is currently in press slated for publication in 2019. Vemsani is Vice-President/President-Elect of Ohio Academy of History (2018).

Recent Publications


  • Modern Hinduism in Text and Context. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Hindu Lord of Many Names, ABC-Clio, 2016.



In Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Narasimha, Lord of Transitions, Transformations, and Theater: God and Evil in Hindu Theology and Practice,” Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies Fall, 2016.
  • Narasimha Manthra as a Connection Between Classical, Regional Devotional and Arttistic, and Ritualistic Traditions: Tradition and Practice in Andhra Pradesh,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies Vol.24. No. 2 (Spring, 2016): 147-161.
  • “Andal is our Radha,” History and Practice of Hinduism in the Story of Andal in the Telugu Amuktamalyada of Krishnadevaraya, Vijayanagara Emperor” International Journal of Dharma and Hindu Studies Vol 1. No. 2 (Jan, 2016): 47-62.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Asia, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Higher Ed, Migration & Immigration