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.
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
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 Persons. "Paths: Diversity and Controversy in Early Indian and Theravada Buddhist Soteriologies. (Forthcoming from Cambria Press, 2009).
"The Cultivation of Yogic Powers in the Pali Path Manuals of Theravada Buddhism," Knut Jacobsen, ed., Yogic Powers in South Asian Religions. (Forthcoming from E.J. Brill, 2009).
"The 'Higher Knowledges'' in the Pali Nikayas and Vinaya." (Forthcoming in The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, 2010).
"Ideologies and Practices of Buddhist Extremism, "Vincent J. Cornell and Kurt Anders Richardson, eds., The Wrathful God: Religious Extremism in Comparative Perspective (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2010).
"Introduction" to issue "Philosophical, Literary, and Historical Perspectives on Sacred Space," Cairo Papers in the Social Sciences series, (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2009).
*co-editor of this volume with Dr. David Blanks
"Communitas or Contestation?: Buddhist-Hindu Practices and Interactions at 'The Holiest Place in Sri Lanka', "Cairo Papers in the Social Sciences issue on "Philosophical, Literary, and Historical Perspectives on Sacred Space" (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2009).
"Buddhist Intolerance: The Case of Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism," Chilton and Jacob Neusner, eds., Tolerance and Intolerance In the World''s Religions (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2008).
"Altruism in Contemporary Buddhism: Thich Nhat Hanh''s Socially Engaged Buddhism," Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner, eds., Altruism in the World''s Religions (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2005).
"Gandhi the Rama-bhakta," Journal of Vaishnava Studies (Vol. 12, Number 2, Spring 2004).
American Academy of Religion 1992-present
American Institute of Sri Lanka Studies 1992-present
International Association of Buddhist Studies 1992-present
Association of Asian Studies 1993-present
Institute of Advanced Theology, Bard College 1996-present
Pali Text Society 2002-present
International Association of Ladakh Studies 2009-present
Dr. Clough has conducted extensive research in India and Sri Lanka, and has twice led study-abroad programs in India.