Hamsa Stainton

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Religious Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Smith Hall
Room 106
University of Kansas
1300 Oread Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7615


Teaching Interests

  • Hinduism, Hindu traditions
  • South Asia
  • India
  • Sanskrit
  • Hindi
  • Bhakti, devotion
  • Prayer
  • Shaivism/Ś
  • Aivism
  • Tantra and Tantric traditions
  • Kashmir
  • Historiography
  • Mahabharata and Ramayana
  • Buddhism
  • Sikhism
  • Jainism
  • Islam in South Asia
  • Yoga
  • Religion and ecology

Research Interests

  • Hinduism
  • Sanskrit poetry, literature and aesthetics
  • Bhakti, stotra, devotion and prayer
  • Shaivism and Tantric traditions (especially from Kashmir)
  • Historiography
  • The Mahabharata
  • Indian Buddhism
  • And Hinduism outside of India

Selected Publications

Stainton, H. (in press). The Courtship of Śiva and Sarasvatī in the Poetry of Jagaddhara of Kashmir. In Tantra and Agama Studies (pp. 281-292). Delhi: Rashtriya Sanskrita Sansthana and D.K. Printworld.

Stainton, H. (in press). Poetry and Kṣemarāja’s Hermeneutics of Non-dualism. In B. Bäumer & H. Stainton (Eds.), Tantrapuṣpāñjali: Tantric Studies in Memory of Pandit H.N. Chakravarty.

Stainton, H. (in press). Somānanda. In R. Sherma (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Indian Religions: Hinduism. Springer. DOI:978-94-007-2590-4

Stainton, H. (in press). Trika. In R. Sherma (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Indian Religions: Hinduism. Springer.

Stainton, H. (2017). Poetry as Prayer: The Śaiva Hymns of Jagaddhara of Kashmir. International Journal of Hindu Studies. DOI:10.1007/s11407-016-9197-2 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11407-016-9197-2

Stainton, H. (2016). [Review of Ratnakaṇṭhas Stotras: Sūryastutirahasya, Ratnaśataka und Śambhukṛpāmanoharastava, Jürgen Hanneder, S. Jager, and A. Sanderson (eds. and trans.)]. Indo-Iranian Journal, 59(4), 365-370. Brill.

Stainton, H. M. (2015). Stotras in Jainism and Beyond at the AAS. Jaina Studies: Centre for Jaina Studies Newsletter,(10).

Stainton, H. (2015). Pratyābhijñāhṛdayakārikā [Commentary on "The Heart of Recognition"]. Saṃskṛtapratibhā: Sahitya Akademi's Quarterly Journal, 54, 109-111. New Delhi, India: Sahitya Akademi.

Stainton, H. M. (2014). Review: "Exploring the Bhagavad Gītā: Philosophy, Structure and Meaning." (R. T Ames). Philosophy East and West, 64(3), 807-812. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i.

Stainton, H. (2010). Stotras, Sanskrit Hymns., pp. 193-207.

Stainton, H. (2008). Review: The Bhagavad Gita. [Review of The Bhagavad Gita, by Laurie L. Patton. Penguin Classics, 2008]. South Asia Global Affairs, http://www.saglobalaffairs.com/book-reviews/191-review-the-bhagavad-gita.html

Selected Presentations

Stainton, H. . (11/30/2016). “Approaching Praise Poetry via Kashmir”. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX

Stainton, H. . (10/31/2016). “Beyond Death and Decay: Literary Innovation in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir” . Annual Conference on South Asia. Madison, WI

Stainton, H. . (03/31/2016). “Devotional Poetry and the Poetics of Devotion: On the History of Bhaktirasa in Kashmir”. American Oriental Society Annual Meeting.

Stainton, H. . (03/20/2015). Aesthetics and Religious Experience in the Non-dual Hymns of Kashmir. Religion in South Asia Conference. Missouri State University, Springfield, MO. Available Here

Stainton, H. . (10/31/2014). Book prospectus for Poetry as Prayer: Stotras in Kashmir and Beyond . American Institute of Indian Studies Dissertation-to-Book Workshop, in conjunction with the annual Madison South Asia Conference. Madison, WI

Stainton, H. . (09/15/2014). Rebooting Hindu Hymns. South Asian Studies Seminar Series. University of Iowa, Iowa City

Stainton, H. M. (03/31/2014). Poetry as Prasāda: Sanskrit Stotras and the Nature of Bhakti. Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference. Philadelphia

Stainton, H. M. (11/30/2013). Poetry as Prayer: The Śaiva Hymns of Jagaddhara of Kashmir . American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Baltimore

Stainton, H. M. (11/30/2013). Tantric Poetry and Poetics: Rethinking Stotras from Kashmir. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Baltimore

Selected Grants

Stainton, Hamsa , (Collaborator), Law, Jane Marie, (Principal), “Monasteries as Keepers of Traditional Ecological Knowledge," an international, collaborative grant for research in Sri Lanka, January 2017, International Programs Travel Fund, $1,000, Submitted 12/01/2016 (01/01/2017 - 01/31/2017) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

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