Kevin McGrath is an associate of the department of South Asian studies at Harvard University. His research centers on the Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata. He has published four works on this topic: The Sanskrit Hero, Stri, Jaya, and Heroic Krsna, and is presently engaged on a study of epic kingship. McGrath is also Poet in Residence at Lowell House and his most recent publication is Supernature. He does fieldwork in the Kacch of Western Gujarat and studies kinship, landscape, and migration. The hero as a figure for humanistic analysis is the focus of much of McGrath's scholarly work, particularly as expressed in the poetry of bronze age preliterate and premonetary culture.