- Director, Center for South Asian Studies, and Associate Professor of Hindi/Urdu, Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures
- PhD German-Indian Comparative Philosophy (Ohio State University)
Dr. Bhatawadekar’s research brings together German and South Asian Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Cross-Culural and Comparative Studies. Her other research interests include film adaptations of literature, South Asian cinema, and language pedagogy. During and after her Ph.D. she designed, taught, and established a very successful Hindi language and South Asian Studies Program at the Ohio State University, which has consequently brought her here to Hawaii. She is currently working on examining the transition from Hinduism to Buddhism in 19th century German philosophy as well as on a Hindi text-and workbook.