Lavanya Vemsani

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Professor od History


Department of Social Sciences
Shawnee State University


Mailing Address

940 Second Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

Countries of Specialization

India ; Japan


Ph.D. (Religious Studies) McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada), 2004 Balarama: Change and Continuity in an Indian Cult
Ph.D. (History) University of Hyderabad (Hyderabad, India) Settlement Patterns in Andhra Pradesh up to AD 500
M.Phil (History) University of Hyderabad (Hyderabad, India) Inscriptions of Karimnagar District: Examination of Place Names, Personal Names and Orthography

Research Interests

Co-founder, American Academy of Indic Studies


2018. Modern Hinduism in text and context. Edited by Lavanya Vemsani. London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

2016. Krishna in history, thought, and culture : an encyclopedia of the Hindu lord of many names. Santa Barbara, California :

2006. Hindu and Jain mythology of Balarāma : change and continuity in an early Indian cult. Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press.

Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Indic Studies
Managing Editor, International Journal of Indic Religions
Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of History
Associate Editor, Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs


India ; Hinduism ; Buddhism ; Jainism