Dr Nick Sutton
Dr Nick Sutton
Tutor, Course development
Dr Sutton received his Phd from Lancaster University (1995). His thesis was on the religious teachings of the Mahabharata. Dr Sutton has been teaching Hinduism for two decades. He lectures in Religious Studies for the Open University, and in Hinduism for the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Religious Doctrines in the Mahabharata and a translation of the Bhagavad-gita.
Dr-Jason-Birch-OCHS
Dr Jason Birch
Tutor, Course development
Jason received a doctorate in Oriental Studies from Oxford in 2013. His area of research is the medieval yoga traditions. He is a post-doctoral researcher at SOAS, where he is working on the ERC-funded Haṭha Yoga Project. At SOAS he teaches a Sanskrit reading class on yoga texts and the history of medieval yoga for their MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. He has been practising yoga and reading Sanskrit yoga texts for twenty years.
Dr Layne Little
Dr Layne Little
Tutor, Course development
Layne teaches Hinduism, Buddhism, Esoterism, and Religion and Popular Culture at U.C. Berkeley and at California State University: Sacramento. He wrote the “Hinduism” and “Buddhism” chapters in Oxford University Press’ newest world religions textbook, Invitation to World Religions. He is co-author of OUP’s Invitation to Western Religions and Invitation to Asian Religions. In addition, he has published numerous articles on Śaiva Siddhānta, Tamiḻ Literature, and Siddha Tantrism.
Daniel Simpson
Daniel Simpson
Tutor
Daniel has worked as a bureau chief for Reuters, and reported from Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He covered the Balkans for the New York Times. He's published a book about quitting that job to run a music festival. He writes about and studies yoga and meditation. He's researching a dissertation on mindfulness teaching in schools at SOAS, University of London. He likes working with interviews and first-hand observation.
Archana Venkateshan
Dr Archana Venkatesan
Course development
Dr. Archana Venkatesan is Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature and in Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis. She completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. She has worked mainly on Andal, the female Alvar poet-saint, and published an award-winning translation of her poetry (The Secret Garland: Antal's Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli). She is working, with Prof. Francis X. Clooney (Harvard), on a translation of the Tiruvaymoli, one of the most important collections of Tamil devotional poetry.
Tushar Shah
Tushar Shah
Tutor
​Tushar Shah is pursuing a PhD at Cambridge focusing on the role of the guru in modern Hindu traditions. He completed an MSt in Study of Religions at Oxford and most recently spent nine months in India studying Sanskrit and Hindu shastra. He has been delivering lectures and presentations on Hinduism for several years and has tutored OCHS Continuing Education courses since 2014.
Dr Jessica Frazier
Dr Jessica Frazier
Course development
Dr Jessica Frazier has degrees in Sanskrit, Religious Studies, and Philosophy of Religion from Oxford and Cambridge. Dr Frazier edits the Journal of Hindu Studies and teaches Hinduism and other religious traditions at Birkbeck College, Oxford University, and other institutions around the UK. She recently published Reality, Religion, and Passion, a comparison of Western and Indian approaches to religious truth.
Dr Ramesh Pattni
Dr Ramesh Pattni
Tutor
Ramesh completed his D.Phil. at Oxford on Yoga Psychology based on the Yogasūtra of Patañjali. He has taught Hinduism since 1993 and has an interest in the psychological and philosophical aspects of Advaita Vedanta and their practical applications. He has taught at Cambridge University and other institutions, and does regular workshops and seminars on Hinduism. He has worked in interfaith forums in the UK and is the past Co-Chair of the Hindu Christian Forum (UK) and a past Director of the Interfaith Network UK.
Anuradha Dooney
Anuradha Dooney
Course development
Anuradha Dooney, Bachelors Degree in Social Science, from University College Dublin (1985). Curriculum writer for religious education courses in the UK and Belgium. Anuradha was awarded her MSt in the Study of Religion, from Oxford in 2003. Her thesis was an exploration of faith development in Vaishnava Hinduism. Anuradha teaches courses in London, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, and Leicester.
Lal Krishna
Lal Krishna
Administration, Course development
Lal Krishna is from Australia. He studied Linguistics at Deakin University, Melbourne, and has a BSc in Computing. Lal is your first port of call if you need help with anything administrative or technical. You can email him at [email protected] or by using the contact form.
Rembert Lutjeharms OCHS
Dr Rembert Lutjeharms
Course development
Dr Rembert Lutjeharms holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Oriental Studies (Indology) from the University of Ghent, Belgium, 2003. He completed his D.Phil. in Theology at Oxford in 2010, focusing on the theology of the sixteenth-century Caitanya Vaishnava poet and literary critic Kavikarnapura. His research interests are Sanskrit poetry and poetics, early Caitanya Vaisnava history, and Sanskrit hermeneutics.