Rajeshwari V. Pandharipande

 Rajeshwari Pandharipande

Contact Information

University of Illinois
Dept. of Religion, MC-166
707 South Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Office: 310 Foreign Languages Building
Professor Emeritus

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Hinduism, languages and cultures of India, sociolinguistics, South Asian languages (Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit), Language of Religion, Asian Mythology, and Religion in Diaspora.


  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981
  • Ph.D. Nagpur University, 1973
  • M.A. Nagpur University, 1964
  • B.A. Nagpur University, India, 1962

Distinctions / Awards

  • University Distinguished Teacher Scholar, 2009
  • William Prokasy Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, 1996
  • Harriet and Charles Luckman All Campus Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1996
  • University Scholar, 1992


Selected Publications


Language of Religion in South Asia: Theory and Practice forthcoming from Palgrave-MacMillan 2011.
Sociolinguistic Dimensions of Marathi 2003.
A Grammar of the Marathi Language Routledge 1997.
The Eternal Self and the Cycle of Samsara Ginn Press 1990.