Hegarty, James

James M. Hegarty

School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, Humanities Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Present and Previous Appointments

Sept 2009 – present:

Senior Lecturer in Indian Religions, Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion

July 2003 to 2009:

Lecturer in Indian Religions, Cardiff University, School of Religious and Theological Studies.



2006: Cardiff University: Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (Module 1).

2000-2004: University of Manchester: Ph.D. (Sanskrit and South Asian Studies) A Fire of Tongues: Narrative Patterning in the Sanskrit Mahabharata, Arts and Humanities Research Board/Council funded

2002 Jan-June – Visiting doctoral student at University of Pune and Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, India.

2001 – Dept. of Religions and Theology Award for excellence in first year of doctoral research.

1999-2000: University of Manchester: M.A. Sanskrit and South Asian Studies, British Academy funded. Specialising in the Sanskrit Mahabharata.

1993-6: University of Manchester: B.A.(Hons) Comparative Religion: First Class (with award for highest graduating mark in cohort)

1986-1993: Enfield Grammar School: A-levels (3) and GCSEs (8).


2012: AHRC Research Grant: The Story of Story in South Asia: Character and Genre Across Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Narrative Tradition. K£370 (PI)

2008: AHRC Early Career Research Grant: The History of Genealogy, The Genealogy of History: Family and the Narrative Construction of the Significant Past in Early South Asia. K£198 (PI)

2008: Cardiff University International Research Collaboration Award: Visiting Fellowship for Prof. Adheesh Sathaye. K£3

2007: August and September: International Research Collaboration Award from Cardiff University in order to take up Visiting Fellowship Invitation from University of British Columbia, Canada (hosted by Profs. A. Sathaye and H. Oberoi). K£3.5

2006: January to June: Strategic Research Leave Award, Cardiff University: six months spent as visiting scholar at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala (hosted by Prof. R. Gurrukal). K£50 (shared with Drs. Gilliat Ray and Lössl)

External Activities

Honorary Fellow (Buddhist Studies) of the Lumbini International Research Institute, Nepal (March 2012-2013)

Member Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2009 – present)

University of Edinburgh, 2009-12, external examiner in South Asian Studies (undergraduate)

Peer reviewer: European Science Foundation (2011)

Peer reviewer: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2011)

University of Edinburgh, external examiner for M.Phil in Sanskrit Studies, 2008

University of Birmingham, external examiner for M.Phil in Sikh Studies, 2008

Membership of Learned Societies

Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society


Presentation topic: Exploring the Mahābhārata