Lynna Dhanani is a PhD candidate in Asian Religions in the Department of Religous Studies. Her dissertation explores the confluence of inter-religious polemics, philosophical debate, devotional themes, and poetics in the Sanskrit hymns of a Jain monastic scholar writing at the courts of two Hindu kings in twelfth-century western India. Prior to coming to Yale, she studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia, from which she obtained an MA in the History of Religion. She graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in International Relations. She has spent several years living and studying throughout the Indian subcontinent, as well as in France, Morocco, and Syria. She is a practitioner of the classical Indian dance form of bhāratanāṭyam and has worked as a docent at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art. Lynna looks forward to assisting students with writing at all phases, in the arts and humanities and beyond.