Education and early career
Minkowski was educated at Gilman School before studying English at Harvard College. After receiving a diploma in Hindi from the University of Delhi in 1976, he returned to Harvard to obtain a master's degree, followed by a PhD in Sanskrit and Indian Studies in 1986. Thereafter, he taught at the University of Iowa and Brown University before a research year (as a Junior Research Fellow) at Wolfson College, Oxford.
Between 1989 and 2006, he taught at Cornell University, becoming Professor of Asian Studies and Classics. He was appointed Boden Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oxford in 2005, a post that carries with it a professorial fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford.
His writings include Priesthood in Ancient India (1991) as well as articles on Vedic religion and literature and the modern intellectual history of southern Asia. He includes as one of his recreations "further adventures in the improbable".
- Minkowski's webpage at Oxford's Institute of Oriental Studies
- Transcript of his inaugural lecture at Oxford
- "Minkowski, Prof. Christopher Zand" ((subscription required)). Who's Who 2012. Oxford University Press. November 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Heitzman, James (May 1993). "Priesthood in Ancient India: A Study of the Maitrāvaruṇa Priest by Christopher Z. Minkowski". The Journal of Asian Studies 52 (2): 485–486. doi:10.1017/s0021911800129742. JSTOR 2059705.
- Brockington, J. L. (November 1993). "Priesthood in Ancient India: A Study of the Maitrāvaruṇa Priest by Christopher Z. Minkowski". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Third Series 3 (3): 468–469. doi:10.1017/s1356186300014395. JSTOR 25182792.
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