Jessica Ford

Contract Instructor

Degrees:B.A (Memorial University of Newfoundland), M.A. (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Ph.D. Candidate (Ottawa)
Office:Office Hours by appointment


Jessica Ford is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Currently, she is a contract instructor of religion in the College of Humanities at Carleton University, where she is teaching Hinduism (RELI2510A), and at the University of Ottawa, where she is teaching Religions of the World II (SRS2113). Her doctoral work explores the expression and transmission of Hinduism in the Canadian context through an ethnographical account of The Chinmaya Mission, a world-wide Hindu religious and spiritual organization. Her wider research interests include Hinduism, Hinduism in the diaspora, the Hindu epics and Hindu mythology, South Asian traditions, and religion in comic books/graphic novels.

2023 Courses

RELI 1712 – Religions of South and East Asia

RELI 2510 – Hinduism

Publications and Papers

Ford, Jessica (2018). “Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction” [Book review of book by the same name by Kim Knott]. Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion. Available online:

Ford, Jessica (2014). “Conceptualizing the Divine: How Hindu Deities are Presented in High School World Religion Courses in Canada” Paper presented at the annual DANAM conference, San Diego, CA

Ford, Jessica (2014). “The Element of a Good Marriage: Fire, Draupadi and Marital Relationships”Religious Studies and Theology 33(1): 47-64.