B.A. Lyndon State College 1975

M.T.S. Harvard University 1977

M.A. Harvard University 1979,

Ph.D. Harvard University 1984

Academic interests

Comparative study of religion, Asian arts and literature, South Indian bhakti (devotion) in the lives and works of singer-saints; and Fractal Geometry in the Humanities - recursive patterns in music, literature, art, and architecture.


Research Fellow, Bellagio Research Center, Italy (Rockefeller Foundation), 2000;

Contemplative Practice Fellowship Program, American Council of Learned Societies, 2000


The Wisdom of Generosity (Baylor University Press, 2008);
Heaven's Fractal Net: Retrieving Lost Visions in the Humanities (Indiana University Press, 2004);

Tyagaraja-Life and Legacy, Songs of Three Great South Indian Saints (Oxford University Press);

Tyagaraja and the Renewal of Tradition: Translations and Reflections (Motilal Banarsidass);

J.L. Mehta on Heidegger, Hermeneutics and Indian Tradition (E.J. Brill);

and articles on poets and creative thinkers involved in the renewal of traditions.

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