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Andrew Nicholson

Associate Professor

Andrew Nicholson


  • Biography

    Andrew J. Nicholson joined the State University of New York at Stony Brook faculty in 2006. He holds degrees in Religious Studies (M.A., University of Chicago), Philosophy (M.A., DePaul University), and South Asian Languages and Civilizations (Ph.D., University of Chicago). He has also studied Sanskrit, Hindi, Indian philosophy, and yoga with teachers in India. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Program, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, and University of Chicago Committee on Southern Asia Studies. He is currently a member of the SUNY Press Editorial Board, an associate of the Columbia University Seminar on South Asia, and a trustee of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

    Professor Nicholson's primary area of research is Indian philosophy and intellectual history, most recently focusing on medieval Vedānta philosophy and its influence on ideas about Hinduism in modern Europe and India. His first book, Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History, was published in 2010 by Columbia University Press as part of the new South Asia Across the Disciplines book series. It is also available in a 2011 Indian edition from Permanent Black Press. In 2011, it won the American Academy of Religion's Award for Best First Book in the History of Religions.

  • Publications
     Nicholson 2010 Unifying Hinduism

    Professor Nicholson's second book, Lord Śiva's Song: The Īśvara Gītā, was published by State University of New York Press in 2014. He has also published in the Journal of Indian Philosophy, Philosophy East and West, the Journal of the American Oriental Society, and the Journal of Vaishnava Studies. Courses he has taught at Stony Brook include "Hinduism," "Elementary Sanskrit," "Yoga: Theory and Praxis," "Buddhism and Early Vedanta Philosophy," Bhagavad Gita Ancient and Modern," "Relativism East and West," and "Orientalism."

  • More information
     More information about Andrew J. Nicholson's work, including an interview and links to other publications, can be found at his personal website:



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