Dr. Urmila Patil is an instructor of Sanskrit, Hinduism, and World Religions. She started studying Sanskrit at the age of thirteen and went on to receive her BA and MA degrees with a major in Sanskrit grammatical, literary, and philosophical traditions at Mumbai University, India. After receiving her PhD in the Asian Cultures and Languages Program at the University of Texas at Austin, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the South Asia Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Here she taught Sanskrit and Indian Epic Traditions. She also worked as the Acting Director and Instructor of the Hindi Program at the Lauder Institute, an affiliate of the Wharton School of Business. She recently taught Asian Religions and Hinduism at the University of California at Irvine. Her research interests include royal gastronomy, Sanskrit intellectual history and social identities in the early-modern and colonial periods.