Robert L. Brown


Ph.D. UCLA, 1981
Phone 310-825-3577
Office Dodd Hall 317


Professor Robert Brown is Professor of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at UCLA, where he has taught since 1986 and from which he also received his Ph.D. in Indian art history in 1981.  In 2001, he was appointed Curator in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Art at LACMA, a position he holds alongside his UCLA professorship.


His research extends over broad geographical areas and chronological periods; four recent publications include three edited books, Art from Thailand (Marg 1999), Roots of Tantra (SUNY 2002), the Encyclopedia of India, 4 vols. (senior editor Stanley Wolpert; Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005), and with Natasha Eilenberg, a translated book study on the Art of Ancient Cambodia (Reyum 2008).  At UCLA, he has trained over twenty PhD graduate students who now hold positions in major museums and universities throughout the US.



  • Co-editor, Encyclopedia of India, 4 vols., Thomson Gale, 2006.
  • The Dvaravati Wheels of the Law and the Indianization of South East Asia. E. J. Brill, 1996.
  • Editor, Ganesh: Studies of an Asian God. SUNY Press, 1991.
  • The Roots of Tantra. SUNY Press, 2002.
  • Co-editor, Living a Life in Accord with the Dhamma: Papers in Honor of Professor Jean Boisselier on his Eightieth Birthday, Silpakorn University, 1997.
  • Co-editor, Studies on the Art of Ancient Cambodia, Reyum, 2008.
  • Carrying Buddhism:  The Role of Metal Icons in the Spread and Development of Buddhism.  Amsterdam:  J. Gonda Foundation of the KNAW, 2014.