Sascha Ebeling was trained in South Asian Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and General Linguistics, at the University of Cologne, Germany, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Before joining the staff of the University of Chicago in 2005, he taught Tamil literature and South Asian Studies at the University of Cologne and also worked for the Göttingen Academy of Sciences as a Tamil manuscriptologist in the project ‘Union Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts in German Collections’.
His book Colonizing the Realm of Words: The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India was published by SUNY Press in 2010 and he has published translations from Tamil, Old Javanese, Czech, Catalan and Romansh (Raeto-Romance) into English and German.
He is the recipient of the 2007 Research Award of the German Oriental Society for his work on nineteenth-century Tamil literature, and of the 2008 Whiting Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Core Teaching at the University of Chicago. In July 2010, he was honoured with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Tamil Studies by the Tamil Literary Garden, Toronto.