Ayelet Kotler

Ayelet Kotler
Cohort Year: 2016
Research Interests: Indo-Persian Literature, History of Translation, South Asian Literary History
Education: MA, Tel-Aviv University, 2016


I am a Ph.D. student studying Indo-Persian literary culture. I am interested in exploring the shifting literary practices and tastes that were involved in the (re)creation of the literary and poetic qualities of Sanskrit literature in translation into Persian. My project focuses on Mughal-era Persian literary translations, retranslations and retellings of Sanskrit story-collections and the epics, through questions of textual and intertextual practices, genre, commentary writing, reception history, and multilingualism in South Asia. My languages of research are Persian, Sanskrit, and Arabic. 

Teaching Experience

  • Sanskrit 10100, 10200, 10300 (Teaching Assistant, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, University of Chicago)
  • Intro to South Asian Civilizations (Teaching Assistant and Undergraduate Instructor, 2013-2016, Tel Aviv University) 


Co-Organizer, The 17th South Asia Graduate Student Conference, the University of Chicago, March 2020


MA, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel-Aviv University, 2016 (summa cum laude)

BA, Double Major Program in the Departments of East Asian Studies and History, Tel-Aviv University, 2013 (magna cum laude)