Paula Richman

Professor at — First-Year Seminar Program and Religion


Cultural History and Religion

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1983
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 1980
  • M.A., Princeton University, 1977
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1974
Institutional Connections
  • American Institute of Indian Studies

    Chicago, IL, United States

    Have served in the past as Vice-President for a 3 year term, and often serve as Oberlin's representative to the AIIS Board of Trustees. Created the first policy and booklet to discourage and combat sexual harassment of grantees during fieldwork.

  • Association for Asian Studies

    Ann Arbor, MI, United States

    Selection committee for yearly conference

Geographic Expertise
South Asia and India
Time Periods

700 - 2012

Thematic Interests
  • Sanskrit Basic speaking, intermediate reading
  • Tamil Basic speaking, intermediate reading
Courses Taught

These are the regularly taught courses tracked by ObieMAPS that Paula has taught.

Course Listings Semesters
Capstone Sem Religious Study Religion 405 Spring 2015
Hindu Epic Narrative in Indian Theater Religion 329 Fall 2010, Fall 2012, and Fall 2014
Modern India: Colonialism, Critique, and Conversion Religion 233 Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, and Spring 2015
Religious Thought of Mohandas Gandhi First-Year Seminar Program 172 Fall 2009, Fall 2012, and Fall 2013
Rituals, Asceticism, and Devotion in Classical Hinduism Religion 231 Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014, and Fall 2015
Selected Topics in Approaches to the Study of Religion Religion 300 Fall 2008
Seminar: Selected Topics in the Study of Hinduism: The Ramayana Tradition in South Asia Religion 328 Spring 2014 and Fall 2015