Dr. Jishnu Shankar has been teaching Hindi and Indian Culture in the U.S. for over thirty years.
Most recently, he served as Visiting Senior Lecturer at Columbia University in New York from 2017 to 2020. He served as a Senior Lecturer of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin from 2007 to 2017. Dr. Shankar also served as Associate Director for the South Asia Center and Lecturer at Syracuse University from 1995 to 2007.
Dr. Shankar received his PhD from Syracuse University in Anthropology and completed his dissertation on the Aghor tradition of ascetics as manifested in the life of the 20th-century Saint, Aghoreshwar Bhagawan Ramji.
In addition to his extensive career as a Hindi language professor, Dr. Shankar's life's work has been researching the Aghor tradition of India and translating its sacred texts into modern Hindi and English. His primary publications in Hindi include “Aghor Vachan Shastra” and “Bhagawanramleelamrit.” His published works in English include “The Book of Aghor Wisdom,” “Mysteries of the Aghor Master” and “Compassion of the Aghor Master.”