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Dr Pankaj  Jain
 Contact Information
Dr Pankaj Jain
Assistant Professor-Philosophy, Assistant Professor-Anthropology
Contact address   1155 Union Circle, Denton, TX 76203     Office LocationMail Box: 310920, 310U EESAT, 308K Chilton Hall 
Email  pankaj.jain@unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 369-6980    Cell Phone (214) 724-5611    UNT-Philosophy & Religion UNT-Philosophy & Religion   UNT-Anthropology UNT-Anthropology   AcademiaAcademia   
Keywords "Asian Diaspora" "Asian Religions" "Religion and Ecology" "Sustainability of Religious Communities in Americas"   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
Ph.D. Dharma and Ecology University of Iowa 2008
M.A. South Asian Religions Columbia University 2003
B.S. Computer Science Karnatak University 1992
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2015PHIL3625001Modern South Asian Philosophy and Religion Download Syllabus
Fall 2015ANTH4751002Magic, Witchcraft and Religion Download Syllabus
Spring 2015PHIL3620001South Asian Philosophy and Religion Download Syllabus
Spring 2015ANTH3700001Peoples and Cultures of South Asia Download Syllabus
Fall 2014PHIL2070001Great Religions Download Syllabus
Fall 2014ANTH4751002Magic, Witchcraft and Religion Download Syllabus
Spring 2014PHIL3665001Eastern Religion and the Environment Download Syllabus
Spring 2014ANTH4701022Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology Download Syllabus
Fall 2013ANTH4751001Magic, Witchcraft and Religion Download Syllabus
Spring 2013PHIL3630001Jainism3Download Syllabus
Spring 2013ANTH4701019Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology3Download Syllabus
Fall 2012PHIL3665001Eastern Religion and the Environment3Download Syllabus
Fall 2012ANTH4751001Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3Download Syllabus
Fall 2012ANTH4701022Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology3Download Syllabus
Spring 2012PHIL2070001Great Religions3Download Syllabus
Spring 2012ANTH3700001Peoples and Cultures of South Asia3Download Syllabus
Spring 2011ANTH4701017Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology3Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ANTH4751001Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3Download Syllabus
Fall 2011ANTH4701019Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology3Download Syllabus
Fall 2010PHIL3585001South Asian Philosophy and Religion3Download Syllabus
Fall 2010ANTH1100001World Cultures3Download Syllabus
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
Environmental Issues and Movements in India and Indian Diaspora in N. America
Religion and Film of India
Sanskrit Language
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2010-PresentAssistant ProfessorPhilosophy and ReligionCollege 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   
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  YearPublication  Type
People Trees: Worship of Trees in Northern India
The Journal of Religion
Book reviews
The Jain Philosophy
Hindi Grantha Karyalaya
Environmental Ethics: Indian Perspectives
In Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource
Macmillan Reference
Encyclopedia Article
Bovine Dharma: Nonhuman Animals and the Swadhyaya Parivar
in Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman
Book chapters
Celebrating Earth Week on ITV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-3L5lFKecw
Videos/Audiovisual materials
toggle toggle Editorships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2013-PresentInternational Journal of Dharma StudiesFilm Review EditorJournal
2011Nidan: The Journal for the Study of HinduismEditorJournal
toggle toggle Major Work in Collections
YearName of WorkPlace Held
2013Buddhism: Origin, Spread, and DeclineThe State of Queensland: Department of Education, Training and Employment, Australia
toggle toggle Lectures/Symposia
2015HESCO’s Sustainability Experiments with Himalayan CommunitiesPresenterSociety for Anthropology of Religion
2015India and Indian ReligionsPresenterCouncil on Foreign Relations
2015Jainism in AcademiaPresenterJAINA
2015Cultures and Ecologies of IndiaPresenterDallas Interfaith Power and Light
2015Hinduism and EcologyPresenterGreenFaith
2015Dharma and EcologyPresenterGlobal Dharma Conference
2015Dharma and EcologyPresenterParliament of World's Religions
2014Gandhi, Nonviolence, and the PlanetPresenterUniversity of Pittsburgh
2014Asia and the WestPresenterUNT Asian Faculty Group
2014Sustainability of Cultures, Cultures of SustainabilityPresenterPortland State University
2014Ecology is Permanent EconomyPanelistNorth Texas Philosophical Association
2014Youth-led Environmental Awareness: Initiatives towards a Jain Faith Community EmpowermentPresenterSociety for Applied Anthropology
2014Jainism and EcologyPresenterJain Society of North Texas
2014Indian Culture and EcologyPresenterAsian American Association of City Employees, Dallas City Hall
2014Indian History and CulturePresenterCoppell High School
2013Dharmic Sciences of HESCO: Managing the Disasters in the HimalayasPresenterJawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
2013Non-Western Theories for the Anthropology of ReligionPresenterUNT Philosophy Department
2013Swami Vivekananda, Service, and SwadhyayaPresenterUniversity of Southern California
2013Dharma and EcologyPresenterBhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, India
2013Dharma and EcologyPresenterIndia International Center, New Delhi, India
2013Dharma and EcologyPresenterIndian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India
2013Ethnobiology of Hindu Communities in IndiaPresenterSociety of Ethnobiology
2013Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environment in the Indian HimalayasPresenterNew School University
2013Sustainable Development in the Himalayas: The HESCO WayPresenterSociety for Applied Anthropology
2013Indian Culture & EcologyPresenterDFW Vedanta Society
2013Hinduism and EcologyPresenterNorthaven United Methodist Church, Dallas
2013India and Indian CulturePresenterNew Look High School, India
2013Hinduism and EcologyPresenterGreenFaith
2013Dharma and EcologyPresenterArt of Living, Irving, TX
2013Jainism and EcologyPresenterJain Society, Denver, CO
2013Jainism and EcologyPresenterJain Society of North Texas
2013India's Caste SystemConsultantRockwood Summit High School, St. Louis, MO
2013Dharma and EcologyPresenterNorth Texas Hindu Mandir
2012Bishnoi: Open Boundaries beyond Hindu, Muslim, or JainPresenterDANAM
2012From Mahavira to Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Traditions of IndiaPresenterUniversity of Toledo
2012Jainism and EcologyPresenterFlorida International University
2012India and Indian CulturePresenterCoppell Middle School North
2012India and AmericaPresenterNew Look High School, India
2012Jainism and EcologyPresenterNorthaven United Methodist Church, Dallas
2012Sanskrit and Indian CulturePresenterDallas Yoga Center
2011Social Justice, the Vedantic WayPresenterLancaster University, UK
2011Sustainability and Hindu TraditionPresenterUniversity of South Florida
2011Hinduism and the EnvironmentPresenterHindu American Seva Communities
2011Ecological Perspectives on Global HinduismPresenterSociety for the Anthropology of Religion
2011"Service," "Learning," and "Sustainability": A Hindu PerspectivePresenterTexas Christian University
2011Bishnois, Rajputs, and Memories of an Ecological SacrificePresenterSouthWest American Academy of Religion
2011India and Indian CulturePresenterUNT College Inn Student Group
2011Indian Cinema and CulturePresenterWorld Music Course by Prof. Steven Friedson, UNT
2011Indic Traditions and EcologyPresenterEthnoecology Course by Prof. Jim Veteto, UNT
2011Hinduism and EcologyPresenterGreenFaith
2011Hinduism and EcologyPresenterGreenFaith
2011Inter-spiritual DialogueParticipantDFW Vedanta Society
2011Indian Cinema and CulturePresenterCrow Collection of Asian Arts
2011Intro to the Bhagvad GitaPresenterBKS Iyengar Yoga Studio, Dallas
2011Dharma and EcologyPresenterRam Temple, Plano
2011Indic Traditions and EcologyPresenterGeorgetown University, DC
2011Dharma and EcologyPresenterHindu Organization of Long Island, NY
2011India and Indian CulturePresenterSelwyn School, Denton, TX
2011India and Indian CulturePresenterArgyle High School, TX
2010Origin of Indian Ecofeminism: Amrita Devi and the BishnoisPresenterAAR
2010Religion of the BishnoiPresenterAAS SouthWest Chapter
2010Sacred Groves in Bhil VillagesPresenterAmerican Academy of Religion
2010Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environment in South AsiaPresneterIndia China Institute, Nepal
2010Dharma and EcologyPresenterTexas Interfaith Power & Light
2009Treetemples of SwadhyayaPresenterAAR Conf, Canada
2009South Asian Religions in TransformationPanel ChairAmerican Academy of Religion
2009Contemporary Films and Indian Aesthetic TheoriesPresenterDANAM
2009Religions of IndiaPresenterNorth Carolina State University
2009Indian Caste SystemPresenterNorth Carolina Indian Community Center
2008Dharma, Religion, and Environmental EthicsPresenterAAR
toggle toggle  News
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

Ecology of India
Cited as an expert

toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2015-2016Engaged Anthropology and World Epistemologies: A Conversation on Rural Sustainable DevelopmentNational Science Foundation$24,478Principal InvestigatorPending
2014-2016Engaged Anthropology and World Epistemologies: A Conversation on Rural Sustainable DevelopmentWenner Gren Foundation$19,056Principal InvestigatorActive
2014-2016Engaged Anthropology and World Epistemologies: A Conversation on Rural Sustainable DevelopmentAmerican Anthropological Association$2,000Principal InvestigatorPending
2015Engaged Anthropology and World Epistemologies: A Conversation on Rural Sustainable DevelopmentTrammell Crow Company$20,000Principal InvestigatorActive
2011-2012Cultural and Environmental NGOs in IndiaFulbright$20,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010Everyday Religion and Sustainable EnvironmentNew School University$2,000OtherCompleted
toggle toggle Intramural Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2015-2016Asian Faculty Mentoring NetworkUNT$2,000Principal InvestigatorActive
2015-2016NextGen Course RedesignUNT CLEAR$6,000Principal InvestigatorActive
2015India Venture funding in Support for a Rural Development Academic WorkshopUNT$15,000Principal InvestigatorActive
2013-2014Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund for IndiaUNT$6,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2013Junior Faculty Summer Research FellowshipUNT$2,500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2013Supplemental Travel FundUNT International$500Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2012Junior Faculty Summer Research FellowshipUNT$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2012South Asia Cluster Travel to IndiaUNT$2,000Co-PICompleted
2011Junior Faculty Summer Research FellowshipUNT$5,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2011Supplemental Travel GrantCollege of Arts and Sciences$1,400Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2011Supplemental Travel GrantCollege of Arts and Sciences$1,400Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010-2011Roving ProfessorCenter for the Study of Interdisciplinarity$1,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
2010Supplemental Travel GrantCollege of PACS and Dept of Anthropology$1,000Principal 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
2014International Journal of Biodiversity and ConservationConservation and Biodiversity
2014Cultural AnthropologySouth Asian culture and ecology
2013Journal for Arid EnvironmentsThe Indian desert environment
2013Left Coast PressEnvironmental Anthropology
2013Sophia: The Journal of PhilosophyIndic Environmental Ethics
2012Columbia University PressIndic Environmental Ethics
2012Oxford University PressIndic Environmental Ethics
2011Shawnee State UniversitySouth Asian Studies
2011Journal of Environmental EthicsHinduism and Ecology
2010National Research Foundation, South AfricaHinduism
toggle toggle Affiliations
Pluralism Project, Harvard University
toggle toggle Teaching
From the Buddha to Gandhi to the Dalai Lama: Asian Religions and Philosophies in Practice
A graduate-level survey of the religions and philosophies of India, China, and Japan

Online Course on Film and Religion of India
Web Link

Online Course on Sanskrit
Web Link

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Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Student NameClassificationTypeProject/Thesis/Dissertation
2015-PresentMinakshi DasApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate ResearchThesis
2014-PresentSarah MosmanApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate ResearchThesis
2014-PresentMike SchutzApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate ResearchThesis
2014-PresentSandra LloydInterdisciplinary StudiesGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2014-PresentAmanda WhatleyApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate ResearchThesis
2014-PresentBrett LangApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2014-PresentJosiah JohnstonApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate ResearchThesis
2013-PresentVinson TannerApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate ResearchThesis
2013-PresentPaula SuterApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate ResearchThesis
2013-PresentJoseph TuminelloPhilosophy Dissertation ResearchGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation
2013-PresentNora WardPhilosophy Dissertation ResearchGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation
2013-PresentJoshua BanisApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2013-PresentMichelle ScovilleHistory DepartmentGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2012-PresentChad DaileyPhilosophy and ReligionGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation
2012-PresentBrooke JonesApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2015Clarissa PulleyPhilosophy & ReligionGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingDissertation
2014Briana PayneRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingStudy Abroad
2014Glenn HastingsRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingTeaching Position
2014Joseph OtterbineRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingTeaching Position
2014Michelle ScovilleRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingTeaching Position
2014Austin HeitkampRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingStudy Abroad
2013-2014William KilgoreSociologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2013-2014Rale NietteApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2012-2014Joseph OtterbineApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2013Joseph OtterbineRecommendation LetterGraduate ResearchISJS, India Study Abroad
2013Joshua BanisRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate Admission
2013Rale NietteRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingTeaching Position
2013Jessica PineRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingTeaching Position
2013John FrenkelRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingISJS, Study Abroad India
2013Thomas CalobrisiRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingGraduate Admission
2012Joseph BilleaudeauRecommendation LetterUndergraduate Mentoring/AdvisingNSF Summer Grant
2012Heidi BambergRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingInternship
2010-2012Michelle Robinson-LooseApplied Environmental AnthropologyGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingThesis
2011Jon NickellRecommendation LetterGraduate Mentoring/AdvisingInternship
toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2015-PresentUNT Asia WebpageCo-AdministratorUNT International
2015-PresentUNT India Initiative - Research Engagement, MarketingChairUNT International
2013-PresentUndergraduate & Graduate Curriculum CommitteeMemberPhilosophy & Religion Dept
2011-PresentLibrary LiaisonCo-ChairAnthropology Dept
2011-PresentUniversal Yoga ClubAdviserUNT Student Group
2010-PresentSouth Asia ListservAdministratorUNT South Asia Faculty Group
2015Lecturer HiringMemberPhilosophy & Religion Dept
2015Lecturer SearchChairAnthropology Dept
2014Website AdministratorChairAnthropology Dept
2012-2013Faculty CouncilMemberCollege of Arts & Sciences
2012-2013Graduate AdmissionsMemberPhilosophy & Religion Dept
2010-2013Speakers CommitteeMember, ChairPhilosophy & Religion Dept
2011-2012South Asian Media Culture and Arts: Strategic AreaCoordinatorUNT Research Cluster
2010-2012Graduate AdmissionsMemberAnthropology Dept
2010-2011Undergraduate CurriculumMemberPhilosophy & Religion Dept
toggle toggle Memberships
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)OrganizationPositionClassification
2014-PresentAmerican Anthropological AssociationMember 
2014-PresentSustainability Communities InitiativeSustainability ConsultantUNT
2013-PresentInternational Society for Environmental EthicsIndia Representative 
2012-PresentDANAMListserv AdministratorNGO
2012-PresentSociety for Applied AnthropologyMember 
2010-PresentPluralism ProjectAffiliateHarvard University
2008-PresentInternational School for Jain StudiesAdviser 
2013-2014American Institute of India StudiesTrustee 
2010-2014Society for Hindu Christian StudiesBoard of Directors 
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2014Mahatma Gandhi AwardNRI Welfare Society of India
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
2012Honored ScholarDFW Vedanta Society
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
2012Jain Vishwa Bharati UniversityMoU CoordinatorAcademic Collaboration
2012School for the Talented & Gifted, DallasExternal JudgeConsultant
2011DFW Hindu Unity TempleParticipant ResearcherApplied Anthropological Work
2011DFW Jain TempleParticipant ResearcherApplied Anthropological Work
2011DFW Hindu TempleChief GuestConsultant
2010GreenFaithIndic Traditions Scholar-In-ResidenceConsultant
toggle toggle Selected Bibliography
2011Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities, Ashgate
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 Patheos.com.

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: https://twitter.com/#!/pankajaindia

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/pj2017

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DharmaAndEcology/

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