Doris Meth Srinivasan was born in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany . She received her B.A. ( with honors ) from Hunter College, CUNY and the PhD from the University of Pennsylvania . Her dissertation, written under the guidance of Professor W. Norman Brown, is on 'Concept of Cow in the Rig Veda', and was published in 1979 by Motilal Banarsidass .
Professor Srinivasan has taught at Columbia University and Barnard College ( Art of India); Haverford College ( Religions of India ); George Mason University ( Indian Studies, with a concentration on religions of India); George Washington University ( Arts of Asia) ; University of Memphis ( special seminar courses on South Asian Art ). She was Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City where she organized several exhibits .
Indological Studies concentrating on early South Asian art and religion represent the specialization of Professor Srinivasan. She has authored over seventy-five publications including a documentary film on the Hindu Ritual Sandhya. Books include : On the Cusp of an Era: Art in the Pre-Kusana World; Editor ( Brill, 2007); Many Heads, Arms and Eyes . Origin , Meaning and Form of Multiplicity in Indian Art ( Brill, 1997); Urban Form and Meaning in South Asia: The Shaping of Cities from Prehistoric to Precolonial Times . Co- Editor. Studies in the History of Art No. 31. National Gallery of Art Washington DC. London and Hanover 1993; Mathura : The Cultural Heritage . Editor . Sponsored by The American Institute of Indian Studies. Delhi . 1989 ; and Concept of Cow in the Rig Veda . Motilal Banarsidass , Delhi. 1979 . The most recent publications include : "Becoming Vishnu" in Vishnu, Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior , Brooklyn Museum Exhibition Catalogue 2010; " Childbirth , Childhood and the Magico-Religious World of Transformations" Annali ( Naples) , 2012 .
Honors , grants and fellowships include : the Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History ( a rotating chair at the University of Memphis , 2001- 2002); Getty Scholar 1999; President, American Committee for South Asian Art; lecturer at College de France on 'Parasiva, Sadasiva dans l'Art de l'Inde 1988; recepient of National Endowment of the Humanities grant ( 1971-72; 1982; 1999), American Institute of Indian Studies grants and fellowships ( 1993;1987; 1967- 68 ;1977 ); Asian Cultural Council grant ( 1992) ; Woodrow Wilson Int'l Center for Scholars ( 1990) ;Mellon Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (1982-83) .