Vaishnavi Patil’s research focuses on the rise of the goddess cult in early Buddhism, and the role of marginalized deities in the religions of the Indian subcontinent. She is also interested in the artistic interactions between South Asia and East Asia through the Buddhist world.
Vaishnavi received her B.A. in Ancient Indian History and Culture (2014) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and an MA in History of Art and Archaeology (2015) from SOAS, London. She was a Yenching scholar at Peking University, China where she received an MA in China Studies (2018). In addition to her studies, Vaishnavi has participated in numerous internships, including a curatorial internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, during which she worked on the exhibition Tree and Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India, 200 B.C.–A.D. 400 (2021).