Aleksandar Uskokov is the Sanskrit lector, South Asian Studies Council, Yale University. He works in Indian philosophy and the history of ideas, primarily in the traditions of Vedānta, Mīmāṁsā, and Vaishnavism. He holds a PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, and a BA and an MA in philosophy from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. His two most recent project are a monograph titled “The Philosophy of the Brahma-sūtra” to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in April 2022; and a long article titled “The Black Sun that Destroys Inner Darkness: Or how Bādarāyaṇa became Vyāsa,” which will be published in the Journal of the American Oriental Society in early 2022.
Aleksandar has also published in the Journal of Hindu Studies and the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, as well as in the Springer Encyclopedia of Hinduism and Tribal Religions. In addition, he has published Macedonian translations of select Upaniṣads, Kālidāsa’s Abhijñāna-Śākuntalam, the Nalopakhyāna, and the Hitopadeśa. His current project is an English translation of the allegorical drama Saṅkalpa-sūryodaya, “The Dawn of Divine Grace,” of the 14th century Śrīvaiṣṇava intellectual Vedāntadeśika.
Aleksandar is also a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Religious Studies, in the Asian Religions field of study.