Thomas B. Ellis        

 

 

Professor of Religion

Department of Philosophy and Religion

Appalachian State University

 

EDUCATION:

B.A., Department of Religious Studies, University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

M.A., Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Ph.D., Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Classes for fall semester 2016:

Religions of the World

Hinduism

Religion & Violence

Publications:

2005. “Imagining a Theory: Questioning the Eschatological and Soteriological Motivations in Gananath Obeyesekere’s Imagining Karma,” Journal of Ritual Studies 19.2, 153-158.

 

2008. “The Meta-ethics of Viraha Bhakti in the Philosophical Writings of J. L. Mehta,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 16:2, 71-91.

 

2008. “Of And and Of: The Politics of Grammar and the Study of Religion,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, 20:3, 270-290.

 

2008. Review of Wei Zhang’s Heidegger, Rorty, and the Eastern Thinkers (Albany: SUNY Press, 2006) in Sophia 47, 253-255.

2008. “On Spirituality: Natural and Non-natural,” Religion Compass 2:6, 1117-1138.

 

2009. “I Love You, I Hate You: Toward a Psychology of the Hindu Deus Absconditus,” International Journal of Hindu Studies 13:1, 1-23.

2009. “Natural Gazes, Non-natural Agents: The Biology of Religion’s Ocular Behaviors” in The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion, ed. by J. R. Feierman.  Westport, CT: Praeger.

2009. "Teaching and Learning Guide for: On Spirituality: Natural and Non-natural," Religion Compass 3:6, 1042-1047.

2010. “On the Death of the Pilgrim: The Postcolonial Hermeneutics of Jarava Lal Mehta” in Postcolonial Philosophy of Religion, ed. by P. Bilimoria & A. B. Irvine.  New York, NY: Springer.

2011. "Disgusting Bodies, Disgusting Religion: The Biology of Tantra," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 79:4, 879-927

2011. "Chasing Cosmic Tennis Balls," Bulletin for the Study of Religion 40:4, 11-14.

2012. "Growing Up amid the Religion and Science Affair: A Perspective from Indology," Zygon 47:3, 589-607.

2013. On the Death of the Pilgrim: The Postcolonial Hermeneutics of Jarava Lal Mehta (Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures). Springer

2015. "Evoked Puja: The Behavioral Ecology of an Equatorial Ritual," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 83:4, 1108-1156

2016. "Disgusting Bodies, Disgusting Religion: The Biology of Tantra" in Religion, Sexuality, and Spirituality, ed. by Carole M. Cusack and Jason H. Prior. New York, NY: Routledge.

2016. "Of Gods and Devils: Differential Cognition and the Adaptive Illusions of Control," Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 28:4-5, 479-511.

n.d. "Indian and European Philosophy," Routledge History of Indian Philosophy, ed. by Purushottama Bilimoria. Routledge (forthcoming)

Public presentations for academic year 16-17

"Of Submissions, Prostrations, and Intimidations: The Ethology of Religious Ritual," annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, Nov 19-22.

"The Immunology of Religion," 3rd Conference on Judaism and Evolution, The Center for the Study of Bio-social Perspectives on Judaism, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, Dec. 28-29, 2016.

Member of:

The American Academy of Religion

The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

The North American Association for the Study of Religion

The International Society for Human Ethology.

Contact information:

Department of Philosophy and Religion

ASU Box 32104

Boone, NC 28608

Office: Greer Hall 220

Office phone: 828-262-7780

Fax: 828-262-6619

email: ellistb@appstate.edu