Tyler Richard is a poet, translator, and scholar of South Asian literature. He received his BA in philosophy and South Asian studies from Harvard University, where he is currently a PhD candidate in South Asian studies. In addition to completing his doctoral work, Tyler also serves as the Lecturer in Sanskrit and Tamil Languages at Columbia University in New York City.
Tyler’s main research interest consists in exploring how different communities—especially those in South Asia—have articulated and explored questions surrounding art, beauty, language, and literature. In particular, he studies literature and literary theory written in Sanskrit and Tamil with an eye for comparison across time, space, and disciplinary method. At the moment, he is working on projects related to Bāṇa’s Kādambarī, Tolkāppiyar’s Tolkāppiyam, and Sanskrit gemology.
Last summer, Tyler was a visiting fellow at Tamil University, Thanjavur, where he studied Old Tamil grammar and poetry with the eminent scholars Ku.Ve. Balasubramaniam and A. Dakshinamurthy.
When he is not in New York or Tamil Nadu, Tyler spends his time back home on the range in Utopia, TX.