|Degrees:||BA (Wilfrid Laurier), MA (McMaster), PhD (McMaster)|
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I did my graduate work in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. My main area of study was Hinduism with a minor in Indian Buddhism and Jainism. My PhD dissertation examined the development of the Hindu deity Skanda (also known as Karttikeya and Murugan) in textual and non-textual sources from the north of India. I taught at Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University and the College of William and Mary before coming to Carleton in 2006.
- Early and medieval Hinduism
- The historical development of Shaivism
- Religion and Material Culture
- Religion and Public Life
The Rise of Mahāsena: The Transformation of Skanda-Kārttikeya in North India from the Kuṣāṇa to Gupta Empires. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012. http://www.brill.com/rise-mahasena
(with Benjamin Fleming) History and Material Culture in Asian Religions. New York: Routledge, 2014. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415843782/
Chapters in edited books:
“Material Culture and Ruler Ideology: The Case of Huviṣka’s Skanda-Kumāra with Viśākha Coinage.” In History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann. New York: Routledge, 2014: 229-251.
(with Benjamin Fleming) “Introduction.” In History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann. New York: Routledge, 2014: 1-17.
““Hagiography and Mythology in an American Guru lineage: The Case of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.” In Homegrown Gurus: From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism, edited by Lola Williamson and Ann Gleig. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013: 115-139.
Articles in refereed journals:
“Skanda and His Fathers in the Aranyakaparvan.” The Journal of Religious Studies and Theology, 33.1 (2014): 7-21.
“Material Culture and the Study of Hinduism and Buddhism.” Religion Compass, 8.8 (2014): 264-273.