Viraj is studying for a BSc in Engineering Science. Viraj is a committee member of the OCHS Leadership Programme.
MSc in Social Anthropology - Oxford University (2009)
Iliyana is pursuing a DPhil in Social Anthropology. Her area of academic focus is Christianity in India.
Vipul is pursuing a PostDoc in Speech Recognition.
Ellie is doing a BA in Theology. She is particularly interested in New testament studies and ancient Greek.
Cameron is studying for a D.phil. at the Oriental Institute. His main fields of interest are Tibetan and Indian Buddhism and Tantrism.
Samvartika is studying History at University College.
Nayan Ashwin Bedia
Kalpesh is a visiting student. he is studying Hindu theology, anthropology, and South Asian religious traditions.
Shoumik is studying English and Oriental Studies.
BA in Mathematics and Economics - Drake University (1980)
MA in Economics - Cornell University (1984)
Josephine is studying for a MSt in Oriental Studies. Her areas of focus are Sanskrit, Sastra, Genre and Metarules.
Peter Thabiso Bustraan
BA in Religious Studies - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands (2013)
Peter is currently working towards an MPhil in Classical Indian Religion. His main areas of academic concentration are Sanskrit, the political and social history of India and research on Moksa.
Shaunna is studying towards an M.St. in religion.
Abbie is studying for a BA in Theology. Part of her studies involve Hinduism.
BA in Study of Religion (SOAS)
Avni is currently pursuing a MPhil in Classical Indian. Her areas of academic focus are Sanskrit, Brahmanism and Vaisnavism. The title of her thesis is: An Introduction and Annotated Translation of the Unpublished Second Chapter of Bhāradvāja Samhitā.
BA in Religious and Theological Studies - Cardiff University (2013)
Seema is currently studying for an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions. Her main areas of academic concentration are Sanskrit, Vaisnavism and Saivism, and Indian narrative traditions.
Maura J. H. Collins
Maura is studying for a BA in Classics and Oriental Studies (Sanskrit with Greek). Her main areas of interest include comparative philology, Indo-Iranian languages, epic poetry and Eastern religions.
Ida is studying for a MPhil in International Relations. Her areas of interest are International Political Theory and Global Ethics.
Aniket is a visiting student from Tufts.
Dimple is studying towards an M.St. in Women's Studies. Her main interests are ethnography, Indian feminist narratives of NW India, and women in Hindu texts.
BA in English Literature and Politics - The City University of New York (2009)
Kunchok is pursuing a MPhil in International Relations.
Tiffany is studying History, Theology and Philosophy at Oxford.
Hope is studying Religion.
Dorte Effersoe Martens
Dorte is a visitng student from Aarhus University, Denmark. She is studying Hinduism and Sanskrit.
Silje Lyngar Einarsen
BA in Sanskrit and Religious Studies - University of Oslo (2009)
MA in Sanskrit and Religious Studies - University of Aarhus (2012)
Silje is a visiting student for Trinity, 2014.
Tristan Edward Elby
Christopher is pursuing a D.Phil. in Sanskrit. He is also studying Dharmasastra.
Thomas is a visiting student in Religious Studies from Stanford.
Faculty of Oriental Studies
BA in Oriental Studies (Sanskrit with Old Iranian) - Balliol College, University of Oxford (2012)
MSt in Oriental Studies (Tantric Studies, Buddhist Chinese) - Balliol College, University of Oxford (2013)
Paul is a first year doctoral student in Oriental Studies, supervised by Prof. Alexis Sanderson at All Souls College. His research is centred around Early Śaiva Tantras with their peculiar register of Sanskrit (Aiśa Sanskrit). It aims to explain both the theological/philosophical justifications/ideologies underlying the choice of 'non-standard' language, and the linguistic/grammatical mechanisms behind some of these features. Hence, the DPhil (PhD) combines philology, philosophy of language, linguistics, and the study of religion/theology. The goal of the thesis is to sharpen and improve our understanding of Śaivism/Śāktism, which rose to a position of dominance among the Medieval Indian Religions, and influenced and interacted with most other major religious players, such as the Way of Mantras and Esoteric Buddhism, the Vaiṣṇava Pañcarātra, and the Jain Mantraśāstra. Paul has also started with what is probably the only way a student can really pay the debt owed to one's teachers – by teaching a new generation of Sanskritists.
Frances is studying for a BA in Theology.
Samuel Maxwell Grimes
Samuel is pursuing an M.Phil. in Calssical Indian Religion conecntrating on Saivism. He has an MA in Asian Religion from the University of Hawaii.
Gopal Hari Gupta
Saba is studying for an M.Phil. in Modern South Asian Studies.
Mark is studying for a BA in Classics and Oriental Studies. He is concentrating on the study of the Greek Epics and Sanskrit.
BA in Philosophy - University of Hawaii, Minoa (2011)
MA in Philosophy - University of Hawaii, Minoa (2011)
Alan is currently studying for a DPhil in Theology. His main areas of focus are Jiva Gosvami, and the role of imagination in religious experience.
Fabienne Tara Belle Heuze
Fabienne is currently studying for a BA in Sanskrit. Her main interests are Sanskrit, linguistics, religion, and literature.
Anahita is studying Linguistics and Comparative Philology. Her concentration is on linguistics, Latin, Old English, and Sanskrit philology.
Samuel is pursuing a BA in Theology. His concentration is yoga, tantra, Buddhism, and animal ethics.
Phoebe is doing a BA in Sanskrit. Her main interests are India and Tibet.
Matthew James Martin
BA in Religious and Theological Studies - Cardiff University (2012)
Matthew is studying for a MSt in Study of Religion. His areas of academic interest are Hindu and Buddhist traditions and Anthropology of Religion.
Gayathiri is pursuing a BA in Theology. Her areas of academic concentration are Hinduism and the Nature of Religion.
BA Honours in Law - National Law School of India University (2011)
Brunda is studying Law at Worcester College.
Casey Alexandra Kemp
Liberty is studying Philosophy and Theology
BA in Study of Religion - SOAS (2013)
Anthony is studying for a MSt in Study of Religion. He is particularly interested in Modern Hinduism and Vaishnavism.
Ameer is studying for a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a focus on International Relations, Religion, Ethics and Politics in Africa. Ameer is Director of the OCHS Leadership Programme.
Rahul is pursuing a BA in History. His area of focus is the Early Modern History of Europe.
Monish is studying History. He is particularly interested in British and Indian History.
Asho is studying for D.Phil through Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
Hari is is studying for an M.St. on contemporary India with a focus on Indian development and politics.
MSc in Contemporary Indian Study - Tsinghua Univerty; Jawaharlal Nehru University (2009)
Sasidhar is pursuing a MSc in Neuroscience at The Queen's College.
Anica is pursuing an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions. Her concentration is in Buddhism, Saivism, Yogini culture, and temples in India and Southeast Asia
Anirudh is studying for a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).
Matthew is pursuing a D,Phil in Theology and Religious Studies. His concentration is on monasticism, philosophy, and archaeology.
Joe is studying Theology, concentrating on Hinduism and Judaism.
Rutej is currently striving towards an MEng in Engineering Science.
James Michael Macdonagh
James is pursuing a BA in Theology. His main areas of interest are Hinduism and Sociology of Religion.
MBBS in Medecine - Imperial College London (2010)
Amit was studying PPE.
Amit passed away on the 27th February 2013, before the completion of his degree.
Dr Alok K Mishra
PhD in Psychometric Disorder
MSt in Philosophy
MSt in Clinical Psycology
College: Oxford Department of International Development
Dr Mishra is studying Statelessness and International Law. His area of academic interest is International Development.
Bhavnisha is studying for a BA in Classics and Sanskrit
Molly Ann Moore
Molly is studying for a BA in Theology and Religion
Shubha Shantha Murthy
BA in Engineering - Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (1990)
Shubha is currently studying for an MPhil in Classical Indian Religion.
MA (Honours) in Religious Studies - University of Aberdeen (2011)
Lobsang Nyima Laurent
MA in Archaeology, Ancient History and Engish - University of Lausanne (2003)
Lobsang is pursuing a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies. His field is Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.
Nikhil is studying for an M.Phil. in archaeology wiht a focus on South Asian Studies.
Tilak is currently doing a BA in Theology and Religion. He has interests in Hindu and Christian theology.
MA in Indian Religion - SOAS (2013)
BSc in Computer Science - Queen Mary University, London (2002)
Sunit is currently pursuing a DPhil in Theology. His area of academic concentration is Hinduism.
Shanna is pursuing a MSc in Contemporary India. Her areas of interest are Indian Politics since 1947, Indian Political Economy and Human Development in India.
Kirtan is studying History at Mansfield College.
Charlotte is studying English and philosophy.
Sridhar is currently on a visiting programme, focusing on English and Economics.
Olivia is studying Sanskrit and Oriental Studies.
Gitte is visiting the OCHS fiorm Aarhus University, Denmark.She is studying Sanskrit, Tantric Shaivism and Shaktism.
Anna's studies include a spatial analysis of Hindutva, the relationship between the brahman, renouncer and king in Hindu society and narrative analysis with reference to subalternity. She also has an interest in Islam, writing the particular and universal aspects of Islam into a single narrative.
Ushaben is studying for a D.Phil through Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies - Oxford University (2010)
BA in Indian studies and English literature - Indiana University (2008)
Megan is studying for a DPhil in Oriental Studies. Her areas of academic studies are South Asian Studies and the History of Islam in South Asia.
Yash is a visiting student from Stanford. He is studying Hinduism and Literature.
Vibha is studying Mathematics at Oriel College. Her area of academic interest is Mathematical Models in Fluid Dynamics.
Anwesha is studying for an M.Phil. in Modern South Asian Studies. Her focus is on the history of India, Persian, Brajbhasha, and Bengali.
Swati is studying for a BA in Engineering. She helped establish the Oxford Indian Classical Arts Society (OICAS).
Rajan is studying for a BA in Classics.
Sagar is study for a BSc in Engineering Science. Sagar is a committe member of the OCHS Leadership Programme.
BA in Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies - University of Cambridge (2011)
MA in South Asian Studies - School of Oriental and African Studies (2012)
Tushar is pursuing a MSt in the Study of Religion. His areas of focus are Christianity, Hinduism and Nature of Religion.
MA in Sanskrit and Hindu Studies - Hebrew University
Aady is studying Computer Science.
MBA in Management and Law - University of Delhi (2008)
Mahaveer is pursing a Masters in Diplomatic Studies. His areas of interest are International Law and International Relations.
Shibanee is pursuing a BA in PPE.
BA in Philosophy and Theology - Gregorian University, Rome (2005)
MA in Theology - National University of Athens (2010)
Pavlov is currently studying for a DPhil in Theology. His main areas of interest are Greek Orthodox Theology, Hinduism, Nationalism, and the relationship between the Church and the State.
William David Soud
Finlay is studying philosophy, theology, and religious studies.
Priya Sury is studying for a Masters in the Study of Religions. Her areas of academic interests are Hinduism and Buddhism.
Suzanne is studying Islamic poetics and architecture.
Jay is studying for a BA in Law.
Sophie Von Der Tann
Sophie is studying for a BA in Theology and Oriental Studies.
Sumil is studying for a BA in the Philosophy of Physics.
Jens Christian Thorstensen
Jens is a visiting student from the University of Aarhus. He is studying hermeneutins and Sanskrit.
BA Honours in Theology (History of Christianity in the Indian sub-continent) - London School of Theology (2010)
Holly is studying for a BA in Theology.
Aleksandra is studying for an M.Phil. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, specifically in Shaivism and Tibetan Buddhism. She also has a Ph.D. in in Agama-Tantra from Banaras Hindu University.
William is studying English, Japanese Linguistics, and Buddhism
Derek is studying transpersonal psychology and Hinduism.
BA South Asian Studies – SOAS, University of London (2012) MSt Modern South Asian Studies – University of Oxford (2014)
Pandita has just completed the MSt in Modern South Asian Studies (2014). Her areas of academic interest are modern South Asian social and cultural history, art history, and Hindi.
Guzin A. Yener
Güzin is from Istanbul where she obtained her BA in Psychology and Comparative Literature and an MA in Cultural Studies (thesis on the construction of the self in Tibetan Buddhist and Western psychological traditions). Working as a psychotherapist in Turkey and reading for a second MA degree in Forensic Sciences and Psychology she continued training in different psychotherapy techniques and has worked as a psychotherapist and mental healthcare expert in Turkey, India, and Egypt, collaborating with government and NGO projects.
Living in India for nearly a decade Güzin became interested in experiential aspects of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist yogic traditions and their philosophical and ritual practices. After attending a Tibetan Translator Training programme in Dharamsala, Güzin collaborated in translation projects with Dr. Alexander Berzin, becoming a translator for the Turkish section of his online Buddhist archives. While in Dharamsala she also concentrated on studying Tibetan Buddhist meditation and ritual. In 2014-2015 Güzin pursued an MSt degree in Oriental Studies (Tibetan Studies) at the University of Oxford, focusing on the early historical roots of the Tibetan State Oracle tradition and its protector deity Pehar. She is currently reading for her DPhil in Tibetan Buddhism (Theology and Religion) at Wolfson College, concentrating on the ritual practices of the Tantric female deities Lotus Dakini and Kurukulle associated with magic and magnetising.
Güzin leads a weekly university-wide session in the methods of Mindfulness and Tibetan Buddhist meditation at Wolfson College
MPhil in Philosophy - Paris-Sorbonne University
MA in Philosophy - University College London (2010)
Clarisse is a visiting student from Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. She is currently studying Philosophy at St Catherine's College. During her stay in Oxford, Clarisse is the French Lectrice to undergraduate students, at both St. Catherine's College and Wadham College.