Swapna Sharma is a Senior Hindi Lector at Yale University. Before joining Yale in 2009 she was a Lecturer in Hindi at University of Chicago. Swapna started her career as Hindi lecturer at University of Leipzig in 2007. She had been engaged with dictionary project for several years at Katholieke University, Belgium.
Swapna Sharma received Ph.D. for her pioneer work on early Hindi devotional poet ‘Gadadhar Bhatt’ from Agra University.
Her research concerns Hindi language and literature with focus on Braj Bhasha, its role in temple rituals and performing arts, hagiography and lexicography of the devotional literature of the middle Indo- Aryan languages, twentieth century Hindi poetry and gender.
Her publications include: Dictionary of Bhakti: North Indian Text into Khariboli Hindi and English (with Winand M. Callewaert), 2009;Gadadhar Bhatt Parampara: Sinddhant Aur Sahity, 2008;The Seat of Love: Yogapitha in Monika Horstmann (ed) Bhakti in Current Research 2001-2003,2006;The Hagiographies of Anantadas-The Bhakti Poets of North India (Winand M. Callewaert in collaboration with Swapna Sharma) 2000; The Millennium Kabeer Vani (Winand Callewaert in collaboration with Swapna Sharma, Dieter Taillieu) 2000; Introducing Gadadhar Bhatt in: Winand Callewaert and Dieter Taillieu(edu) Devotional Literature in South Asia. Current Research 1997-2000, Proceedings of the Eight International Conference of Early Hindi in New Indo- Aryan languages, 2000