is Emeritus Professor in History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
She has served as visiting professor at Cornell University and the
University of Pennsylvania and is currently the Kluge Chair in
Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress. Among
her previous books are Ashoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, Indian Tales, and The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300.