Steven M. Vose

Published: 30.11.2012
Steven Vose





2012 Graduate Student
  • University of Pennsylvania, South Asia Studies,
    • Ph.D., South Asia Studies (expected 2013)
    • Fields of Specialization: Religious Studies and History of South Asia
    • Dissertation: “Jain Monks as Political Leaders in Sultanate-era Gujarat”, Advisor: Daud Ali
    • Certificate in College and University Teaching (completed Fall 2011)
Other Affiliations: Research Interests:

South Asian Studies, Sanskrit language and literature, History of India, Pilgrimage, South Asian Religions, Jainism, Prakrit Language and Literature, Gujarati Literature, Bhakti - Practices and Theologies, Pre-15th century devotionalism in So. Asian Religions, Literary Theory, Historiography, Alchemy, Magic, Tantra, EthnoNational Conflicts, and communalism in India



At Penn since 2006, Steven has studied Sanskrit and Prakrit, as well as Old and Modern Gujarati.  He has studied Prakrit in Pune and Germany, and Gujarati in Ahmedabad and Madison, WI.  He is interested in issues of historiography and the representation of the past, as well as applying perspectives from contemporary aesthetic and literary theory to premodern Indic narrative literature.  Steven holds a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree from Harvard Divinity School (2006) and a BA from St. Lawrence University.  He is also a veteran of the University of Wisconsin College Year in Nepal program (1999-2000).

Steven will join the faculty at Florida International University in January 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department.  He is tasked with creating an MA certificate program in Jain Studies as he holds the Bhagwan Mahavir Professorship in Jain Studies.


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