Prof Hegarty was educated at Enfield Grammar School and the University of Manchester. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sanskrit Literature having undertaken his B.A. in Comparative Religion and his M.A. in Religions and Theology (with Social Anthropology) at the same institution. The British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council supported his graduate studies. He is the author of Religion, Narrative and Public Imagination in South Asia for Routledge (2012), as well as edited volumes on the Literary Construction of Place in Asia (for Orientalia Vilnensia) and on Genealogy and History in Pre-modern South Asia, with Simon Brodbeck (for Religions of South Asia). He is also the editor, with William Johnson and Laxshmi Greaves, of the new Oxford Handbook of Hindu Literature (forthcoming). In addition to this, he has written numerous scholarly articles on Sanskrit, Pali and vernacular sources, which span ancient, medieval and modern South Asia, as well as Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh tradition. He has also published on Christianity in early South Asia and nineteenth century missionary history.