February 22-24, 2023

Faculty Festival of Achievement

Showcasing SSU Faculty Research and Creative Accomplishments

Lavanya Vemsani

Dr. Lavanya Vemsani will be our Keynote Speaker for Festival of Faculty Achievement on Feb. 22nd!

Lavanya Vemsani is a Professor of Indian History and Religions in the Department of Social Sciences here at Shawnee State University. She holds two doctorates in the subjects of Religious Studies and History. She was awarded the South Asia Council of the Canadian Asian Studies Association's (SACA/CASA) Best Thesis Honorable Mention prize for her Ph.D. thesis at McMaster University. She was recently awarded the 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in History. 

Her books include Modern Hinduism in Text and Context; Krishna in History, Thought, and Culture: Encyclopedia of the Hindu Lord of Many Names; Hindu and Jain Mythology of Balarama. She is the Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Indic Studies, Managing Editor of International Journal of Indic Studies and Editorial and Review Board Member of Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs as well as Canadian Journal of History.