Gil Ben-Herut



Phone: 813.974.1852
Email: gilb@usf.edu
Office: CPR 468A


Dr. Gil Ben-Herut is an Professor in the Religious Studies Department, University of South Florida. His research interests include premodern religious literature in the Kannada language, South Asian bhakti (devotional) traditions, translation in South Asia, and programming in Digital Humanities.


In 2023, Dr. Ben-Herut was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award and the Senior Short Term Research Grant of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) for his current project "A History of Speaking: Poetry, Orality, and Authority in Kannada Devotional Literature."

In 2020, he was awarded the Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award of the University of South Florida, the 2020 Best Book Award, Southeastern Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS), and the Digital Scholarship Grant by the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS).

In 2019, he received the Award for Best First Book of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) and the Carnegie-Whitney Grant of the American Library Association (ALA).   

In 2018 he was awarded the Collaborative International Research Grant of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

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