University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Michael Allen

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies; Environmental Humanities


I received my Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard in 2013. I work on the intersections of philosophy and religious practice in South Asia, drawing on both Sanskrit and vernacular sources. I specialize in the intellectual and social history of Vedanta, though I have wider interests in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions. In both my teaching and my research, I am committed to exploring ways in which South Asian perspectives, taken seriously on their own terms, can inform contemporary understandings of human beings and their place in the world.