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Curriculum Vitae
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Born: New York City, November 20, 1940.
Child: Michael , born November 5, 1971.
Studied dance under George Balanchine (School of American Ballet) and Martha Graham, 1954-58.
Graduated from Great Neck Senior High School, New York, June 1958.
Graduated from Radcliffe College, June 1962, summa cum laude.
Received M. A., Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, June, 1963.
Studied in India under a 12-month Junior Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, 1963-64 [$6,000].
Received Ph. D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University, June, 1968. Dissertation title: "Asceticism and Sexuality in the Mythology of Siva." Dissertation supervisor, Daniel H. H. Ingalls. Reader: Mircea Eliade.
Carried out research in Moscow and Leningrad at the Institut Vostokovedeniia, 1970-71.
Received D. Phil. in Oriental Studies from Oxford University, February 1973. Dissertation: "The Origins of Heresy in Hindu Mythology." Supervisor: R. C. Zaehner.
Teaching Fellow in General Education (Natural Sciences: History of Science), Harvard College, 1964-65.

Taught Sanskrit, Indian religion, etc., at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, intermittently, 1966-68.

Lecturer in the Ancient History of South Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, September 1968 -June 1975.
Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, 1975-77.
Lecturer at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and at the Wright Institute, 1976-77.
Associate Professor of the History and Phenomenology of Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 1977-78.
Professor of the History of Religions and Indian Studies, and Chair of the Area of History of Religions, in the Divinity School, the College, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Committee on Social Thought, at the University of Chicago, July 1978 - October 1986.
Mircea Eliade Professor of History of Religions at the University of Chicago, October 1986-
Distinguished Service Professor, October 1996-
Director of the Martin Marty Center, 2004-7
Chair of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, 2005-6

Honorary Degrees
Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, January 18, 1985, and Scholar's Day Speaker.
Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Bard College, May 25, 1996.

Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Washington and Lee University, June 5, 1997.

Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Northwestern University, June 18, 1999.
Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Lehigh University, May 18, 2009, and Convocation Speaker.
Degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Harvard University, June 4, 2009.
Degree of Docor of Letters, honoris causa, Willamette University, May 15, 2011.
Other Awards
Awarded National Merit Scholarship and General Motors Scholarship, June 1958. Class Valedictorian.
Graduated summa cum laude from Radcliffe College, in Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, March 1961. Awarded Lucy Allen Paton Prize for distinguished achievements in the humanities, June 1961. Awarded Phi Beta Kappa prize given to ranking senior [first in class], March, 1962. Awarded Captain Jonathan Fay Fund Scholarship granted "to the member of each graduating class who, in the judgment of the Administrative Board, has during her whole course, by her scholarship, conduct and character, given evidence of the greatest promise"; June, 1962.
Who's Who in America, 1982-
Received the Radcliffe Medal of the Radcliffe Alumnae Association, April 16, 1986.
Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, May 10, 1989. Elected to the Nominating Committee, May, 1992; Executive Committee for Publications and Research, 2000.
Appointed A. D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, 1989.

Awarded the Medal of the Collège de France, April 9, 1992.

Elected Member of the American Philosophical Society, April 26, 1996.
PEN Oakland literary award for excellence in multi-cultural literature, non-fiction, for Splitting the Difference, June 17, 2000.
Rose Mary Crawshay prize from the British Academy, for the best book about English literature written by a woman, for The Bedtrick, October 10, 2002.
Graham School of the University of Chicago, award for Excellence in Teaching in Graduate Studies. November 10 2007.
Convocation Speaker, University of Chicago, June 13-14, 2008.
American Academy of Religion’s 2008 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion to recognize extraordinary contributions to the public understanding of religion. The award goes to those whose work has a relevance and eloquence that speaks, not just to scholars, but more broadly to the public as well. November 2, 2008.
South Asian Literary Association, Distinguished Scholar Award, 2009, December 27, 2009. “Your work has made visible what was only remotely known to the few.”
Finalist (one of five) in Non-Fiction for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, for The Hindus: An Alternative History, January 23, 2010.
Notes from a Mandala: Essays in the History of Indian Religions in Honor of Wendy Doniger, edited by Laurie L. Patton and David L. Haberman, was published in January 2010, University of Delaware Press.
October, 2010, Playboy: Honor Roll: Meet Twenty Professors Who Are Reinventing the Classroom. College Will Never Be the Same.

January, 2012. Ramnath Goenka Award from the Express Group, India, for the best book, non-fiction (The Hindus – An Alternative History). “This award will go to a writer/writers whose published works, through in-depth research and investigation, covers an issue/idea on a scale which newspapers or television channels with their limited space and time cannot aspire to tackle. This award will be for books published in English language. The prize money is R 100,000.”

Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. University of Chicago, June 9, 2012.
The 2013 Col James Tod Award, from the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur, Rajasthan, instituted in 1996-97, “to honour a foreign national who, like Tod, has contributed through his works of permanent value an understanding of the spirit and values of Mewar.” Previous recipients of the award include Dominique Lapierre, V.S. Naipaul, Richard Attenborough, Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph, and William Dalrymple.
Charles Homer Haskin Prize Lecture of the ACLS (“A Life of Learning”), May 2015
Weller Prize, Royal Academic of Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, December 10, 2015

Publications, as of June 2016

Interpretive Works:

under the name of Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty:
1. Served as Vedic consultant and co-author, and contributed a chapter ("Part II: The Post-Vedic History of the Soma Plant," pp. 95-147) in Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality, by R. Gordon Wasson (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1968. Reprinted Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1971; paperback, 1973). 381 pp.

2. Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva (Oxford University Press, 1973; OUP India, 1975; paperback Galaxy, New York, retitled: Siva: The Erotic Ascetic, 1981). 386 pp.

Translated into French by Nicole Ménant and published (as by Wendy Doniger) as Siva: érotique et ascétique by Editions Gallimard (Paris: 1993). 474 pp. Italian translation (as by Wendy Doniger) by Francesca Orsini: Siva: L'asceta erotico. Adelphi Edizioni, Milan, 1997.

3. (for children). The Ganges (London: Macdonald Educational, 1975).
4. The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology (Berkeley: University of California, 1976; Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1976; paperback, 1980). 411 pp. Italian translation, Le Origini del male nella mitologia indu, Adelphi Edizioni: Milan, 2002.
5. Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980; Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1980; paperback, 1982). 382 pp.
6. Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984; reprinted, paperback, 1985; Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1987). 361 pp. Portuguese edition, translated by Manuel Joao Magalhae, Sonhos, Ilisao, e Outra Realidades (Lisboa: Assirio & Alvim), 2004. Italian edition, trans. Anna Bertolino, Sogni, illusioni e alter realta (Milan: Adelphi Edizione, 2005).
7. Tales of Sex and Violence: Folklore, Sacrifice, and Danger in the Jaiminiya Brahmana (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985; Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1987). 145 pp.
8. Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes. (New York: Macmillan, 1988; second printing, 1989; paperback, 1990; reprinted, University of Chicago Press, 1995). 225 pp. Italian translation: I Miti degli Alteri, Milan: Edizione Adelphi, 2003. Spanish translation by Maria Tabuyo and Agustin Lopez, Madrid: Ediciones Siruela, 2005.

Korean translation forthcoming.

under the name of Wendy Doniger:

9. The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth. The 1996-7 ACLS/AAR Lectures. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998; paperback, 1999. Second edition, revised, 2010. 200 pp. Korean translation, published by Chungnyunsa, is forthcoming.

10. Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India. The 1996 Jordan Lectures. Chicago and London: University of London Press and University of Chicago Press, 1999. 376 pp. Indian Edition, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2000; paperback, 2002. Italian edition, Edizione Adelphi, 2009. Won the PEN Oakland literary award for excellence in multi-cultural literature, non-fiction, 2000.
11. Der Mann, der mit seiner eigenen Frau Ehebruch beging. Mit einem Kommentar von Lorraine Daston. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 1999. 150 pp.
12. The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. 599 pp. Won the Rose Mary Crawshay prize from the British Academy, for the best book about English literature written by a woman, 2002. Paperback edition, 2005.
13. Holocaust, terreur en galgenhumor. [Huizinga-lezing 2001]. Amsterdam/Rotterdam: Prometheus/NRC Handelsblad, 2001. 55 pp. [Dutch]
14. La Trappola della Giumenta. Trans. Vincenzo Vergiani. Milan: Adelphi Edizione, 2003. (Chinese translation forthcoming.) Also: Le Kama Sutra de Bikaner. Trans. Fabienne Durand-Bogaert. Paris: Gallimard, 2004. La trampa de la Yegua. Traducción de Damián Alou. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 2004.
15. The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 272 pp.

16. The Hindus: An Alternative History. New York: Penguin Press, 2009; Delhi, Penguin Books, 2010; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 789 pp. One of five finalists in Non-Fiction for the National Book Critics Circle Award, January 23, 2010. Gli Indu. Milan: Adelphi Edizioni, 2015. Second edition: Delhi: Speaking Tiger, 2015. Telugu translation: Hyderabad Book Trust, 2015. Tamil translation by K.Poornachandran. Ethir Veliyedu, 2015.

17. On Hinduism. Delhi: Aleph Book Company, 2013; 2nd edition, 2014; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 669 pp.
18. The Mare’s Trap: Nature and Culture in the Kamasutra. Delhi: Speaking Tiger, 2015. 188 pp. U S Edition retitled, Redeeming the Kamasutra. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

The Ring of Truth, and Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry. Oxford University Press, March 31, 2017.


Against Dharma: Subversion in the Ancient Indian Sciences of Sex and Politics. The 2014 Terry Lectures at Yale. Yale University Press. 2018.
Memoirs of a Jewish Girlhood. The 2015 Mandel Lectures at Brandeis. University Press of New England.
Horses in Indian Mythology. University of Virginia Press.
The Secret Writings of Rita Doniger. An Anthology.
Horses for Lovers, Dogs for Husbands. A novel.


under the name of Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty

19. Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook, translated from the Sanskrit. Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1975; reprinted 1976; second edition, 1979; reprinted 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990, etc. 357 pp. Translated into Italian by Mario Piantelli and Alberto Pelissero, and published under the title of Dall'Ordine il Caos (Biblioteca della Fenice, Parma: Ugo Guanda Editore, Parma, 1988; reissued, with a new introduction by Mariasusai Dhavamony, and a new title, Miti dell'induismo; Garzanti, 1997). Spanish translation by Maria Tabuyo and Agustin Lopez, Mitos hindues. Madrid: Ediciones Siruela, 2004. German translation for WBG Wissenverbindet, 2010.

20. The Rig Veda: An Anthology, 108 Hymns Translated from the Sanskrit (Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1981. Reprinted 1982, 1984, 1986, etc.). 343 pp. Plagiarized translation into Dutch, by H. Verbruggen (The Hague: Mirananda, 1993). Revised second edition, 2005. Translation of Rig Veda 10.129 used as the opening text of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5, premiered August 31, 1999.
21. (with David Grene) Antigone (Sophocles). A new translation for the Court Theatre, Chicago, production of February, 1983.
22. Textual Sources for the Study of Hinduism, in the series, Textual Sources for the Study of Religion, edited by John R. Hinnells (Manchester: Manchester University Press; Totowa, New Jersey, Barnes and Noble, 1988; paperback, 1989; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990). 211 pp.
23. (with David Grene). Oresteia. A New Translation for the Court Theatre Production of 1986. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988). 249 pp.

under the name of Wendy Doniger:

24. Mythologies. A restructured translation of Yves Bonnefoy's Dictionnaire des Mythologies, prepared under the direction of Wendy Doniger (Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1991). 2 vols., c. 1,500 pp. Reissued in four separate volumes in paperback, 1993: Greek and Egyptian Mythologies; Roman and European Mythologies; Asian Mythologies; and American, African, and Old European Mythologies.

25. The Laws of Manu. A new translation, with Brian K. Smith, of the Manavadharmasastra (Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1991). Italian translation by Tiziana Ripepi, Le Leggi di Manu, Milan: Adelphi Edizioni, 1996. 440 pp.

26. The Kamasutra of Vatsyayana. A new translation, introduction, and commentary. With Sudhir Kakar. London and New York: Oxford World Classics, 2002. 231 pp. Italian translation, by Vincenzo Vergiani, Milan: Adelphi Edizione, 2003; reprint, 2010. Norwegian translation, Oslo: Kagge Forlag, 2004. German translation, by Robin Cackett, Berlin: Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, 2004; paperback, 2008. Latvian translation by Andzela Suvajeva. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2004. Spanish translation by Mariano Vazquez, Madrid: EDAF, 2005. French translation by Alain Porte, Paris: Seuil, 2007; Sagesses, 2010. Portuguese translation forthcoming.
Kamasutra. Abridged by Wendy Doniger. Philadelphia and London: Running Press, 2003.
27. The Lady of the Jewel Necklace and The Lady Who Shows Her Love. Harsha’s Priyadarsika and Ratnavali. Clay Sanskrit Series. New York: New York University Press, JJC Foundation, 2006. Indian edition, with an introduction by Anita Desai.

Edited Volumes:
under the name of Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
28. The Concept of Duty in South Asia. Edited (with J. D. M. Derrett), with an introduction (pp. xiii-xix) and an essay ("The clash between relative and absolute duty: the dharma of demons," pp. 96-106) by W. D. O'Flaherty. (London: School of Oriental and African Studies; Delhi: Vikas Publishing Company; Columbia, Missouri: South Asia Books, 1978). 240 pp.
29. The Critical Study of Sacred Texts. Edited, with an introduction (pp. ix-xiii). (Berkeley: Graduate Theological Union, Religious Studies Series, 1979). 290 pp.

30. Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions. Edited, with an introduction (pp. i-xv) and an essay ("Karma and rebirth in the Vedas and Puranas," pp. 1-39). (Berkeley: University of California Press; Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1980). 340 pp. Reprinted, Banarsidass, 1999.

31. The Cave of Siva at Elephanta. Photographs by Carmel Berkson, text by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Carmel Berkson, and George Michell (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1987). Introduction (pp. xi-xiii) and an essay ("The myths depicted at Elephanta," pp. 27-39) by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty.
32. Religion and Change. Special issue to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the American Association for the Study of Religion, and in honor of Joseph M. Kitagawa. Edited by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty. History of Religions 25:4 (May, 1986).
under the name of Wendy Doniger:
33. Animals in Four Worlds: Sculptures from India. Photographs by Stella Snead; text by Wendy Doniger (pp. 3-23) and George Michell (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989).
34. Purana Perennis: Reciprocity and Transformation in Hindu and Jaina Texts. Essays by David Shulman, V. Narayana Rao, A. K. Ramanujan, Friedhelm Hardy, John Cort, Padmanabh Jaini, Laurie Patton, and Wendy Doniger. Edited by Wendy Doniger. (SUNY Press, 1993). 331 pp.
35. Off with Her Head! The Denial of Women's Identity in Myth, Religion, and Culture. Ed., with Howard Eilberg-Schwartz. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.
36. Myth and Method. Ed., with Laurie Patton. Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 1996.
37. Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions: The Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade. Eds. Christian Wedemeyer and Wendy Doniger. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

38. The Magic Doe: Shaikh Qutban Suhravardī’s Mirigāvatī. A New Translation by Aditya Behl. Edited by Wendy Doniger. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

39. Love’s Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, 1379-1545. By Aditya Behl, edited by Wendy Doniger. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
40. Hinduism, in the Norton Anthology of World Religions. New York: Norton, 2014.
41. With Martha Nussbaum. Pluralism and Democracy in India: Debating the Hindu Right. Eds. Wendy Doniger and Martha Nussbaum. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
42. With Peter Galison and Susan Neiman. What Reason Promises: Essays on Reason, Nature, and History. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.

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