Deepak Shimkhada, born in Nepal, came to the U.S. in 1972 as a Fulbright fellow to pursue graduate studies. He attended several universities including the University of Chicago, University of Southern California and received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University where he is Adjunct Professor. While he is currently professor of religious studies at Claremont McKenna College, he has taught at Scripps College, Mt. San Antonio College, and California State University-Northridge. His works are widely published in professional journals and edited volumes. His edited books include Himalayas at the Crossroads: the Portrait of a Changing World; Buddhist Mantras in Sanskrit; the Constant and Changing Faces of the Goddess: Goddess Traditions of Asia. He is currently working on Nepal: Nostalgia and Modernity, an edited volume. He is also active in local, national and international organizations. He is president of Indic Foundation, and Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, and treasurer of South Asian Studies Association.