Prof J. Daniel White has been Professor of South Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for over three decades. He earned his PhD in Indian Religions, Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania.
His present projects include editing a five-volume encyclopedia on the Middle East and South Asia, the translating of several western Indian Sanskrit manuscripts, and a study of one of the most significant royal temples in Rajasthan. Professor White has published scholarly papers and books on topics as diverse as South Asian medicine, religion, disease, advertising, politics and architecture. He has also been an adviser on Indian and South Asian affairs to the State Department and multinational corporations. Professor White has visited India numerous times over the years for research, lecturing and consulting. He has led several study tours to India and Nepal for educational institutions.