Stephanie Jamison

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E-mail: Phone: 310-206-7736 Office: Royce Hall 276B

Distinguished Professor

Fields of Interest: Asian Religions, Indo-Iranian Literatures, Poetics, and Linguistics, Vedic and Classical Sanskrit


Stephanie Jamison was originally trained as a historical and Indo-European linguist (PhD Yale 1977), but for many years she has concentrated on Indo-Iranian, especially (Vedic) Sanskrit and Middle Indo-Aryan languages and textual materials. She works not only on language and linguistics, but also literature and poetics, religion and law, mythology and ritual, and gender studies in these languages. She is also interested in comparative mythology and poetics, especially with Greek materials. Professor Jamison’s teaching at UCLA spans these topics, including Sanskrit, Middle Indo-Aryan, and Old Iranian language and literature, Indo-European and Indo-Iranian linguistics, and undergraduate courses on Classical Indian civilization. Her current major project, jointly with Joel P. Brereton (University of Texas, Austin), is a complete new English translation of the oldest Sanskrit text, the Rig Veda.

Selected Publications

  • The Rig Veda between Two Worlds: Four Lectures at the Collège de France, May 2004
    Collège de France, Publications de l’Institut de Civilisation Indienne, fasc. 74. 2007
  • Sacrificed Wife / Sacrificer’s Wife: Women, Ritual, and Hospitality in Ancient India. Oxford University Press, 1996
  • The Ravenous Hyenas and the Wounded Sun: Myth and Ritual in Ancient India. Cornell University Press, 1991
  • Function and Form in the -áya-formations of the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1983