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Brad Clough writes about the history of doctrines and practices of Buddhism in South Asia, with special focuses in early Indian Buddhism and the ongoing Theravada Buddhist tradition in Sri Lanka. He has written extensively on subjects such as Buddhist soteriologies (means of spiritual liberation) and Buddhist meditation. He has also published on the religious life of Gandhi. Dr. Clough has contributed to journals such as The Journal of Asian Studies, History of Religions, Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, and Journal of Vaishnava Studies. His current research focuses on typologies of holy persons in Theravada Buddhism.
Brad Clough began studying religion as an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University. He pursued his graduate studies at Columbia University, where he received an M.A. in Religious Studies, an M.Phil in South Asian Religions, and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies
Bard College: 1994-2003
The American University in Cairo: 2003-2008
The University of Montana: 2008-present
Noble PersonsÂ Paths: Diversity and Controversy in Early Indian and Theravada Buddhist Soteriologies. (Forthcoming from Cambria Press, 2009).
ÂThe Cultivation of Yogic Powers in the Pali Path Manuals of Theravada Buddhism,Â Knut Jacobsen, ed., Yogic Powers in South Asian Religions. (Forthcoming from E.J. Brill, 2009).
ÂThe ÂHigher KnowledgesÂ in the Pali Nikayas and Vinaya.Â (Forthcoming in The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, 2010).
ÂIdeologies and Practices of Buddhist Extremism,Â Vincent J. Cornell and Kurt Anders Richardson, eds., The Wrathful God: Religious Extremism in Comparative Perspective (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2010).
ÂIntroductionÂ to issue ÂPhilosophical, Literary, and Historical Perspectives on Sacred Space,Â Cairo Papers in the Social Sciences series, (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2009).
*co-editor of this volume with Dr. David Blanks
ÂCommunitas or Contestation?: Buddhist-Hindu Practices and Interactions at ÂThe Holiest Place in Sri LankaÂ,Â Cairo Papers in the Social Sciences issue on ÂPhilosophical, Literary, and Historical Perspectives on Sacred SpaceÂ (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2009).
ÂBuddhist Intolerance: The Case of Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism,Â Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner, eds., Tolerance and Intolerance In the WorldÂs Religions (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2008).
ÂAltruism in Contemporary Buddhism: Thich Nhat HanhÂs Socially Engaged Buddhism,Â Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner, eds., Altruism in the WorldÂs Religions (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2005).
ÂGandhi the Rama-bhakta,Â Journal of Vaishnava Studies (Vol. 12, Number 2, Spring 2004).
Dr. Clough has conducted extensive research in India and Sri Lanka, and has twice led study-abroad programs in India.
Dr. Clough teaches a series of introductory courses on certain Asian religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, and on religious traditions in certain regions of Asia, such as China, Japan, and the greater Tibetan-Himalayan region. He also offers upper division courses on special topics in South and East Asian religions