The majority of my teaching and research falls within the areas of Indian religion, South Asian studies, gender and narrative, and non-Western frameworks for human rights. Following a BA and MA in Religious Studies at Lancaster, my doctoral research at Oxford was on theories of time in the Indian epic Mahabharata. I have continued to research and publish on the Mahabharata and other texts, focussing in particular on time, kingship, narrative structure, human rights and gender. 


D.Phil, Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
M.A., Religious Studies, University of Lancaster
B.A., Religious Studies, University of Lancaster

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

My primary research interests include: time and incarnation in early and classical Indian thought; concepts and narratives of kingship in ancient India; Hinduism and historical narratives of human rights; narrative structure in the Mahabharata. 

My most recent research has concentrated on antecedents for human rights in Indian text, with a particular interest in the way in which these impact on various contemporary debates within human rights theory. This partially arose out of an AHRC Research Leave Fellowship on Time, Kingship and Incarnation in Ancient India, where I focussed on the role and duties of the king in the classical texts.

Current projects related to this include an examination of the possible connection between dialogue and dialogical structure in Indian text and the notion of a common humanity in human rights, and a study of narratives and metaphors for kingship in the Mahabharata.

Research projects

Research Awards (post-doctoral):

(2009) AHRC Study Leave Award
Time, Kingship and Incarnation in Ancient India

(1999) Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship
The Avatara Doctrine in the Mahabharata

Professional affiliations

British Association for the Study of Religion

Consultancy work

External Reviewer, Review of undergraduate Programmes in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Manchester, 2010

External Validator for BA in Religious Studies, University of Wales Newport, 2009

External Examiner, B.A. and M.A. programmes in Religions and Theology, University of Manchester, 2007-2011.

External Examiner, B.A. in Theology and Religious Studies, Heythrop College, 2016

AHRC major grant assessor

Peer reviewer for a number of journals


Teaching interests include: Indian religious thought; religion in South Asia; the study of mythology; religion and human rights. At undergraduate level I have taught introductory courses on the study of the world's religions, Hinduism, myth and sacred narrative. I have also taught more specialist courses, including: Sanskrit; the Bhagavad Gita; contemporary issues in Indian and diaspora Hinduism; Indian philosophy; the Mahabharata.

At postgraduate level I have taught both gender and human rights in India for the MA in Religion and Human Rights, and the core reading seminar for the MA in Theology and Religious Studies. I have acted as Director of Studies for several doctoral students at Roehampton, as well as examining post-graduate work elsewhere.

Research outputs

  1. Negotiating the spaces: exploring issues of human rights in an Indian text

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. "Kingship"

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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