Vasudha Narayanan was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University. Her fields of interest include the Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America; visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and gender issues. She is currently working on Hindu temples and traditions in Cambodia.
Professor Narayanan is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from several organizations including the Centre for Khmer Studies (2007); the American Council of Learned Societies (2004-2005); National Endowment for the Humanities (1987, 1989-90, and 1998-99), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1991-92), the American Institute of Indian Studies/ Smithsonian, and the Social Science Research Council.
Professor Narayanan is a past President of the American Academy of Religion, and she was was named University of Florida's Teacher Scholar of the Year in 2010.