Christopher Livanos

Position title: Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Folklore


My academic research concentrates on literature of the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean, emphasizing interactions between European and non-European cultures. I am currently studying the theme of Spain’s Muslim legacy as a haunting, repressed cultural presence in Cervantes’ Don Quijote. 

In another project, I am studying the reception of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in Europe from the time of the Ottoman Empire to the present.

I am a thought leader of Yoga Alliance, working to produce online seminars, podcasts, and other media to bring information on Sanskrit, philosophy, and other aspects of the yoga tradition to yoga instructors, practitioners, and the general public.