Professor, South Asian Program Coordinator
Ph.D. Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, 1994
M.A. Eastern Philology and History: Indo-Iranistics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1986
B.A. Eastern Philology and History: Indo-Iranistics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1983
Current Research Projects:
- Edition and translation of selected works by Nagridas, alias Savant Singh of Kishangarh (1699-1764) and his concubine Rasik Bihari alias Bani Thani.Confluence of medieval Hindi devotional and Indo-Persian and Rajasthani court idiom (sponsored by the Guggenheim Fellowship).
- Revisiting the birth of Urdu: the reception of "the father of Urdu," Vali, in eighteenth-century Delhi salons, an interdisciplinary project with Purnima Dhavan (History, UW) (sponsored by a Simpson Cross Disciplinary Conversations grant).
- An edited volume on Vernaculars, Memory construction and Emotion: Giant Jinas and Warrior Epics in Gwalior together with Eva De Clercq (Gent University, Belgium).
- Pauwels, Heidi, and Anne Murphy, eds. 2018. From Outside the Persianate Center: Vernacular Views of Aurangzeb/“Alamgir.” Special Issue of Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 28.3.
- Pauwels, Heidi R.M. 2017. Mobilizing Krishna’s World: The Writings of Prince Sāvant Singh of Kishangarh. Seattle, University of Washington Press; Hyderabad, Orient Blackswann (262 pages) ISBN 978-0-295-74223-6 Download PDF (221.26 KB)
- Pauwels, Heidi R.M. 2015. Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century India: Poetry and Paintings from Kishangarh. Studies in Asian Art and Culture 4. Berlin: E.B. Verlag. (301 pages) ISBN 978-3-86893-184-6 Download PDF (154.06 KB)
- Pauwels, Heidi. "Cosmopolitan Soirées in Eighteenth-Century North India: Reception of early Urdu Poetry in Kishangarh." South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du sud). 2014b.
- Pauwels, Heidi. "When a Suﬁ tells about Krishna’s Doom:The Case of Kanhavat." The Journal of Hindu Studies (2013;6): 21–36.
- Heidi Pauwels, Monika Horstmann, eds. Indian Satire in the Period of First Modernity. Khoj 9. Harrassowitz Verlag: 2012.
- Heidi Pauwels, Purmina Dhavan. Welcoming Vali: An Exploration of the Literary Legacy of Vali Dakhani. 2011.
- Heidi Pauwels. "A Tale of Two Temples: Mathura’s Kesavadeva and Orchha’s Caturbhujadeva." South Asian History and Culture 2.2 (2011): 278-299.
- Heidi Pauwels. "Rathauri Mira." International Journal of Hindu Studies 14.2-3 (2011): 177-200.
- Heidi Pauwels. "The Woman Waylaid at the Well:' A Folk Theme Appropriated in Myth and Movies." Asian Ethnology 69.1 (2010): 1-33.
- Heidi Pauwels. "The Saint, the Warlord, and the Emperor: Discourses of Braj Bhakti and Bundela Loyalty." Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 52 (2009): 187-228.
- Heidi Pauwels. Patronage and Popularisation, Pilgrimage and Procession: Channels of Transcultural Translation and Transmission in Modern and Pre-Modern South Asia. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009.
- Heidi Pauwels. The Goddess as Role Model: Sita and Radha in Scripture and on Screen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- Heidi Pauwels. "Stealing a Willing Bride: Women’s agency in the myth of Rukmini's Elopement." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17.4 (2007): 407-441.
- Heidi Pauwels. Indian Literature and Popular Cinema: Recasting Classics. London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
- Heidi Pauwels. In Praise of Holy Men: Hagiographic poems by and about Hariram Vyas. Groningen Oriental Studies 18. Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 2002.
- Michael C. Shapiro, Heidi Pauwels, Carol Salomon, Alan W. Entwistle. Studies in Early Modern Indo-Aryan Languages, Literature and Culture. South Asia Books.
- Heidi Pauwels, Harirama Vyas. Krsna's Round Dance Reconsidered: Hariram Vyas's Hindi Ras-Pancadhyayi. Curzon Press.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Castro, Genoveva. Wājid 'Alī Shāh Plays Krishna's Stolen Flute : The Multiplicity of Voices in the King of Awadh's Dramatic Work. Seattle]: University of Washington, 2016.
- Ritter, Valerie. Useful Absences and the Nature of the Modern : Ayodhyāsiṁh Upādhyāy "Hariaudh" (1865-1947), His Priyapravās (1914), and Hindi Poetry. University of Washington, 2001.
- Diamond, Christopher. expected 2019. “Poet, Scholar, Saint: Competing Vernacular Memories of Vidyāpati (16th-19th cent. CE)”
Research Advised: Graduate Masters Theses
Association of Asian Studies, American Academy of Religion, American Oriental Society, European Association for South Asian Studies
- Professor Heidi Pauwels publishes Mobilizing Krishna's World - December 15, 2017
- Memory Construction and Emotion in India, Past and Present - November 12, 2017
- Departmental Faculty Shine Brightly in UW's Interdisciplinary Honors Program - June 7, 2016
- LACMA Exhibit Features Translation from Prof. Pauwels’ New Book - May 2, 2016
- New book by Professor Heidi Rika Maria Pauwels - September 8, 2015
- Autumn 2015 Course Spotlight - LOVE AND WAR - November 22, 2013
- Faculty News 2010 - June 1, 2010
- Faculty News 2009 - June 1, 2009