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Dr Ravi Gupta

Prof. Ravi M. Gupta holds the Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies at Utah State University. He is the author or editor of four books as well as numerous articles published in academic books and journals. His most recent book is an abridged translation of the Bhagavata Purana (with Dr. Kenneth Valpey), published by Columbia University Press. Ravi completed his doctorate in Hindu Studies at Oxford University and subsequently taught at several universities in the United States. He has received four teaching awards, a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship, three research fellowships at Oxford, and a book award. He formerly served as president of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, which is a related scholarly organization of the American Academy of Religion. His current research interests lie in the Bhagavata Purana's Sanskrit commentaries.


Bhagavata-related Publications:



  • Gupta, Ravi M. and Kenneth R. Valpey. The Bhagavata Purana: Selected Readings. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

  • Gupta, Ravi M. and Kenneth R. Valpey, eds. The Bhagavata Purana: Sacred Text and Living Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

    • The above book received Choice’s “Highly Recommended” rating for lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Restoring Sight to Blinding Love: The Bhagavata Purana’s Transformation of the Urvasi-Pururavas Narrative” in The Journal of Hindu Studies, 11.1, 2018, pp. 67-79.

  • “Translators’ Troubles: Seeking a Method that Suits the Bhagavata Purana” in International Journal of Hindu Studies, 22.1, 2018, pp. 175-189.

  •  “Churning the Ocean of Lila: Themes for Bhagavata Study” in Bhagavata Purana: Sacred Text and Living Tradition, eds. Ravi M. Gupta and Kenneth R. Valpey. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. 

  • “The Bhagavata Purana as a Vedantic Text: An Excursion into Caitanya Vaisnava Philosophy,” in Prācyaprajñāpradīpa: Felicitation Volume for Prof. Samaresh Bandyopadhyay. Ed. Ian Mabbet, Monash University, Australia. Kolkata: NIOS, 2012, pp. 251-262.

  •  “Krishna and Culture: What Happens When the Lord of Vrindavana Moves to New York City,” (co-authored with T.K. Goswami) in Gurus in America, edited by Cynthia Humes and Thomas Forsthoefel. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005, pp. 81-95.



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