Tim Bryson, PhD

South Asian Studies & Religion Librarian

Services, Robert W. Woodruff Library


  • PhD, History of Religions in South Asia, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Professional Profile

Tim Bryson joined Emory Libraries in 1999 as their first South Asian Studies librarian.  Having earned a doctorate in 1992 from the University of Chicago in the history of religions in South Asia and having previously worked for the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard and for the Emory-affiliated American Academy of Religion, he was happy to add Religious Studies to his responsibilities.

Previously, Tim lived and studied several years in Buddhist and in Hindu monasteries and, supplemented by study in graduate school and at Emory, acquired sufficient knowledge of Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi, and Tibetan to select and catalog materials in those languages.

Environmental sustainability is one of his other passions, and he has served on Emory’s University Senate Committee on the Environment since 2000.  He bikes almost every day to work.

Finally, as a founding member of the Digital Librarian Initiative in 2008, Tim enjoys exploring the emerging role of the library in digital scholarship.