Vasudha Narayanan is Distinguished Professor, Department of Religion, at the University of Florida and a past President of the American Academy of Religion. She was the president of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies from 1996–8. She is currently working on Hindu temples and traditions in Cambodia. Her other fields of interest are the Sri Vaishnava tradition; textual, visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and Hinduism and the environment. She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries. Dr Narayanan and the University of Florida have created the nation’s first Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions (CHiTra) to encourage the research, teaching and public understanding of Hindu culture and traditions.