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Dr Pankaj  Jain
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Dr Pankaj Jain
Assistant Professor-Philosophy, Assistant Professor-Anthropology
Contact address   1155 Union Circle, Denton, TX 76203     Office LocationMail Box: 310920 
Email    Contact Number 940-369-6980    UNT-Philosophy & Religion UNT-Philosophy & Religion   UNT-Anthropology UNT-Anthropology   AcademiaAcademia   
Keywords Hinduism Jainism India "Religion and Ecology" Bollywood Sanskrit   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Dharma and EcologyUniversity of Iowa2008
 M.A.South Asian ReligionsColumbia University2003
 B.S.Computer ScienceKarnatak University1992
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Spring 2014ANTH4701022Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology Download Syllabus
Spring 2014PHIL3665001Eastern Religion and the Environment Download Syllabus
Fall 2013ANTH4751001Magic, Witchcraft and Religion Download Syllabus
Spring 2013ANTH4701019Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology3Download Syllabus
Spring 2013PHIL3630001Jainism3Download Syllabus
Fall 2012ANTH4701022Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology3Download Syllabus
Fall 2012ANTH4751001Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3Download Syllabus
Fall 2012PHIL3665001Eastern Religion and the Environment3Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ANTH3700001Peoples and Cultures of South Asia3Download Syllabus
Spring 2012PHIL2070001Great Religions3Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ANTH4701019Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology3Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ANTH4751001Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3Download Syllabus
Spring 2011ANTH4701017Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology3Download Syllabus
Fall 2010ANTH1100001World Cultures3Download Syllabus
Fall 2010PHIL3585001South Asian Philosophy and Religion3Download Syllabus
toggle toggle Research and Expertise
Environmental Issues and Movements in India and Indian Diaspora in N. America

Hindi/Urdu Language and Literature



Religion and Film of India

Sanskrit Language

toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2010-PresentAssistant ProfessorPhilosophy and Religion StudiesCollege of Arts and SciencesUniversity of North Texas
2010-PresentAssistant ProfessorAnthropologyCollege of Public Affairs and Community ServiceUniversity of North Texas
2008-2010Teaching Assistant ProfessorForeign Languages and LiteraturesCollege of Humanities and Social SciencesNorth Carolina State University
2007-2008Part Time LecturerDepartments of Asian LanguagesCollege of Arts and SciencesRutgers
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   1  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 
  YearPublication  Type
For Sustainability Look to India
Hinduism Today
Magazine/newsletter articles
Earth, Water, and Dharmic Ecology
DK Printworld
Book chapters
Dharma and Science in India: Experiments with Sustainability
The Jain Approach to Save the Planet-One Center at a Time
Magazine/newsletter articles
Mahatma’s Mantra to Save the Planet
India Abroad
Popular press articles
toggle toggle Editorships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2013-PresentInternational Journal of Dharma StudiesFilm Review EditorJournal
2011-2011Nidan: The Journal for the Study of HinduismEditorJournal
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YearName of WorkPlace Held
2013Buddhism: Origin, Spread, and DeclineThe State of Queensland: Department of Education, Training and Employment, Australia
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2011"We are repenting for our Ancestors": Social Justice from Hindu PerspectivePresenterLancaster University
2011Sustainability and Hindu TraditionPresenterUniversity of South Florida
2010Origin of Indian Ecofeminism: Amrita Devi and the BishnoisPresenterAAR
2010Religion of the BishnoiPresenterAAS SouthWest Chapter
2009Treetemples of SwadhyayaPresenterAAR
2008Dharma, Religion, and Environmental EthicsPresenterAAR
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Sanskrit gaining popularity in US, Europe
Times of India

Festival marks renewal of life Thousands enjoy music, dance and food at Diwali in Cary
News & Observer

Ten Key Hindu Environmental Teachings

Turning Temples in North American Green
India Abroad

toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2011-2012Cultural and Environmental NGOs in IndiaFulbright20000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010-2010Everyday Religion and Sustainable EnvironmentNew School University OtherCompleted
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 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)TitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2013-2014Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund for IndiaUNT$6000Principal InvestigatorActive
2013-2013Junior Faculty Summer Research FellowshipUNT$2500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2012-2012Junior Faculty Summer Research FellowshipUNT$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2012-2012South Asia Cluster Travel to IndiaUNT$2000Co-PICompleted
2011-2011Junior Faculty Summer Research FellowshipUNT$5000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2011-2011Supplemental Travel GrantCollege of Arts and Sciences$1400Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2011-2011Supplemental Travel GrantCollege of Arts and Sciences$1400Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010-2011Roving ProfessorCenter for the Study of Interdisciplinarity$1000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010-2010Supplemental Travel GrantCollege of PACS and Dept of Anthropology$1000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
toggle toggle Consulting Activities
 Performance Period (YYYY - YYYY or Present)*Company/OrganizationRoleFundingWork Performed
2011-PresentHindu American Seva CommunitiesOther  
2008-PresentInternational Summer School for Jain StudiesOther  
toggle toggle Peer Reviewer Activities
YearAgency/OrganizationField of Expertise
2013Journal for Arid EnvironmentsThe Indian desert environment
2013Left Coast PressEnvironmental Anthropology
2013Sophia: The Journal of PhilosophyIndic Environmental Ethics
2012Oxford University PressIndic Environmental Ethics
2012Columbia University PressIndic Environmental Ethics
2011Journal of Environmental EthicsHinduism and Ecology
2011Shawnee State UniversitySouth Asian Studies
2010National Research Foundation, South AfricaHinduism
toggle toggle Affiliations
Pluralism Project, Harvard University
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Online Course on Film and Religion of India
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Online Course on Sanskrit
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2013-PresentMichelle ScovilleHistory DepartmentGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2013-PresentRale NietteApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2013-PresentJoshua BanisApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2013-PresentNora WardPhilosophy Dissertation ResearchGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation
2013-PresentJoseph TuminelloPhilosophy Dissertation ResearchGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation
2012-PresentBrooke JonesApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2012-PresentChad DaileyPhilosophy and ReligionGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation
2012-PresentJoseph OtterbineApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2013-2013Thomas CalobrisiRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate Admission
2013-2013Rale NietteRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingTeaching Position
2013-2013Joshua BanisRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate Admission
2013-2013Joseph OtterbineRecommendation LetterGraduate ResearchISJS, India Study Abroad
2013-2013John FrenkelRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingISJS, Study Abroad India
2012-2012Joseph BilleaudeauRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingNSF Summer Grant
2012-2012Heidi BambergRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingInternship
2010-2012Michelle Robinson-LooseApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2011-2011Jon NickellRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingInternship
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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2013-PresentSpeakers OrganizingChairAnthropology Dept
2011-PresentLibrary LiaisonChairAnthropology Dept
2013-2014Undergraduate & Graduate Curriculum CommitteeMemberPhilosophy Dept
2012-2013Graduate AdmissionsMemberPhilosophy Dept
2010-2013Speakers CommitteeMember, ChairPhilosophy Dept
2011-2012South Asian Media Culture and Arts: Strategic AreaCoordinatorUNT Research Cluster
2010-2012Graduate AdmissionsMemberAnthropology Dept
2010-2011Undergraduate CurriculumMemberPhilosophy Dept
toggle toggle Memberships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2013-PresentInternational Society for Environmental EthicsIndia Representative 
2012-PresentSociety for Applied AnthropologyMember 
2010-PresentSouth & Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion  
2008-PresentInternational Summer School for Jain StudiesAdviser 
2002-PresentAmerican Academy of Religion  
2010-2014Society for Hindu Christian StudiesBoard of Directors 
 American Institute of India StudiesTrustee 
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2013Reviews of Dharma and EcologyJournal of Dharma Studies; Food, Culture & Society; International Journal of Hindu Studies
2012Book AwardDharma Academy of North America
2012Reviews of Dharma and EcologyJournal of Asian Studies, Environmental Values, Oxford Journal of Hindu Studies, Philosophy East & West, Religious Studies Review, Sophia, Worldviews, Asia Times
2011Book AwardUberoi Foundation
2011Honored at the White House ConferenceHindu American Seva Communities
2009Education and Discovery Grounded in Engaged ScholarshipNorth Carolina State University
2009Course Development and Research Travel AwardNorth Carolina Center for South Asia Studies
toggle toggle Field Experience
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Company/OrganizationPosition
2012-PresentHimalayan Environmental Studies & Conversation Organization, IndiaResearcher
2011-PresentHindu American Seva Communities, USAProject Director
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
2013Hindu American Seva CommunitiesProject DirectorApplied Anthropological Work
2011DFW Hindu Unity TempleParticipant ResearcherApplied Anthropological Work
2011DFW Jain TempleParticipant ResearcherApplied Anthropological Work
2010GreenFaithIndic Traditions Scholar-In-ResidenceConsultant
toggle toggle Biographical Sketch
Pankaj is the author of award-winning "Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability" (May 2011) and has published articles in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Religion Compass, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and the Journal of Visual Anthropology. He also contributes to the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s forum On Faith, and In 2012, he was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship for research in India. His research and teaching interests include Hinduism, Jainism, Environmental Ethics, Indian films, Sanskrit, and Hindi/Urdu languages and literatures. Before joining UNT, he taught at North Carolina State University, Rutgers, Kean, and New Jersey City University. Interested in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in Hindu and Jain communities in India and the Indian diaspora. He serves as a research affiliate with Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, as scholar-in-residence with GreenFaith, as a board member of the AAR's Society for Hindu Christian Studies, and as a board member of the Executive Advisory Council of Hindu American Seva Charities, an NGO working with the White House Office for the faith-based initiatives. He has presented his research at Columbia University, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, University of South Florida, Florida International University, University of Toledo, Texas Christian University, High Point University, Lancaster University (UK), Andhra University (India), Univ of Rajasthan (India), and several conferences, high schools, radio and TV stations, temples, churches, Yoga centers, and other community centers. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and an M.A. from Columbia University (both in Religious Studies). In his “previous life” he had also earned a B.S. in Computer Science from India and had worked as a software engineer in India and in New Jersey. Pankaj is an active member of several academic and community organizations, is fluent in several Indian languages, and has published poems in Hindi. He was born in Rajasthan and had also lived in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Karnatak (in India) and in New Jersey, Iowa, North Carolina, and Texas (in the USA). Some of his papers and articles can be previewed at: You can follow him on Twitter:!/pankajaindia Youtube: Facebook:

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