Sheldon Pollock is the Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies at Columbia University. From 2005–2011 he served as the William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Columbia, and before that as the George V. Bobrinskoy Distinguished Service Professor of Sanskrit and Indic Studies at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1989–2005. His areas of specialization are Sanskrit philology, Indian intellectual and literary history, and, increasingly, comparative intellectual history. His two new book projects are Liberation Philology (Harvard University Press) and Reader on Rasa: A Historical Sourcebook in Indian Aesthetics, the first in a new series of historical sourcebooks on classical Indian thought that he is editing for Columbia University Press. Ph.D. Harvard University.