Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University



An expanded and revised edition of Surdas: Poet, Singer, Saint (1984) was published by Primus Books in January, 2018. It includes a new hundred-page chapter entitled “An Afterlife in Art,” which focuses on the veritable explosion of illustrations of Surdas and his poetry that happened in Udaipur in the latter half of the seventeenth century and on into the eighteenth.

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Sūrdās bows before Krishna. Detail from an illustration of milat hī pāyan dhariyo pātī, circa 1725, courtesy of the Government Museum, Udaipur.



Into Sur’s Ocean: Poetry, Context, and Commentary
Harvard Oriental Series
Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Sur’s Ocean: Poems from the Early Tradition
with Kenneth E. Bryant
Murty Classical Library of India
Cambridge: Harvard University Press

Now available in paperback from Harvard University Press in South Asia for Rs. 599/-. 

A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement
Cambridge: Harvard University Press.



A Storm of Songs received the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies on March 17, 2017:

On the same day, since Jack Hawley was in Delhi, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies organized a seminar in which members of its faculty discussed the book:

Following a lecture at the CSDS in 2015, Hawley was interviewed by Anuradha Raman of The Hindu

“Vrindavan, 40 years later” in Vrindavan Today, April 5, 2017

“Passages to India” in Barnard Magazine (Spring 2016)

The Murty Classical Library of India in the New York Times (1/2/15)

Songs of the Saints of India has gone into its twelfth printing (OUP).

Three Bhakti Voices is now available in paperback from  Oxford University Press.