Dr Kenneth Valpey

Research fellow at the Bhāgavata Purāṇa Research Project, OCHS
Research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (OCAE)
Webpage: http://www.kennethvalpey.com/bio/


Dr Kenneth Valpey is a research fellow at the OCHS where he is co-director of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa Research Project. Together with Prof. Ravi M. Gupta he has edited a volume of articles and translated a volume of selections from the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, both volumes published by Columbia University Press (2013; 2016 respectively). Dr Valpey is also a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (OCAE) where he has written and lectured on nonviolence and environmentalism as well as on the application of yoga principles and practices for animal-human relationships and animal protection.

Dr Valpey completed his DPhil (PhD) in 2003 from the University of Oxford with a study of Vaishnava temple liturgical practices and theology (published by Routledge in 2006 as Attending Kṛṣṇa’s Image: Caitanya Vaiṣṇava Mūrti-sevā As Devotional Truth).

Dr Valpey has taught courses on Indian religion and culture at the University of Florida, Gainesville, at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and at the University of Pula, Croatia. His emphasis is on pursuing a comparative-integrative understanding of dharmic traditions and exploring these traditions in contemporary contexts. He frequently gives visiting lectures at various universities, including universities in the People’s Republic of China.

Selected Publications:

His publications include:  

  • Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics, Palgrave Macmillan, Animal Ethics book series, 2019.
  • Krishna Seva: Traditional Ritual in the Practice of Bhakti Yoga, Dual-language publication, Mandarin and English, Kunming, China: Yunnan University Press, 2018. 
  • The Bhāgaavata Putāṇa: Selected Readings, Co-authored, with Ravi M. Gupta. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.
  • The Bhāgaavata Putāṇa: Sacred Text and Living Tradition, Co-edited, with Ravi M. Gupta. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.