Madhav Deshpande

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Madhav Deshpande

Professor of South Asian Literature and Linguistics

202 S. Thayer, Suite 6111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 5016 STB
Phone: 734.647.2159
Fax: 734.647.0157

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Asian Languages & Cultures
    • Center for South Asian Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Historical linguistics
    • Sanskrit grammatical tradition
    • Sanskrit phonetics
    • Indo-Aryan linguistics
    • Sociolinguistics of Sanskrit and Prakrit languages
  • About

    Professor Deshpande will be on leave during the Winter 2015 semester.

    Research Interests
    Madhav M. Deshpande is professor of Sanskrit and Hindu Studies at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, with a joint appointment in the Department of Linguistics.  Originally trained in traditional and modern Sanskrit scholarship in Pune, India, Deshpande earned his B.A. (1966) and M.A. (1968) in Sanskrit from the University of Pune, and his doctorate in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1972).  He has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan since 1972.  His research relates to the fields of the Sanskrit grammatical tradition, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics of Indo-Aryan languages, and the religious and philosophical traditions of India, including Hinduism and Buddhism.  He has published fifteen books and over 150 research papers relating to these areas.

    Recent Courses Taught
    First and Second Year of Sanskrit (taught during alternate years)
    Advanced Sanskrit
    Introduction to Classical Hinduism 
    Krishna Speaks: The Bhagavadgita 
    Introduction to Indian Philosophy 


    • Samskrtasubodhini: A Sanskrit Primer.  1997.  Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
    • Sociolinguistic Attitudes in India: A Historical Reconstruction.  1979.  Karoma Publishers, Ann Arbor.
    • The Meaning of Nouns:  Semantic Theory in Classical and Medieval India.  1992.  Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1972
    • M.A. University of Pune, Pune, India, 1968
    • B.A. Fergusson College, Pune, India, 1966