Timothy Lubin earned a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.T.S. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in the history of South Asian religions from Columbia. He has held faculty positions at Harvard University and the University of Virginia, and is currently Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Religion (and Adjunct Professor of Law) at Washington and Lee University. In 2020–21, he held fellowships from the US National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.
He spent research leaves in Pondicherry in 1998, 2003–2005, and 2009–2010, supported by fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, the NEH, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has also attended seven intensive courses at the EFEO in Old Tamil and Old Javanese.
His research spans late Vedic and early Śaiva religious texts, the formation and spread of Dharmaśāstra (“Hindu law”), and South and Southeast Asian legal history based on Sanskrit and Old Javanese textual sources as well as inscriptions. Over the last decade, he has been particularly interested in the regional developments in these traditions on the peripheries of traditional Brahmanical centres. He also works on the comparative study of legal history.
He is a collaborator on Task-force D of the ERC DHARMA project, working with Arlo Griffiths on an edition of the Old Javanese Svayambhu and eventually other legal texts in Indonesia, and their relationship to the epigraphy.
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