BiographyDr. Pankaj Jain has compiled the history of Jains and Hindus in the Americas for his latest monograph Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (Routledge, 2019). Currently, he is translating Jain Darshan, a monumental text on the philosophy of Jainism and is working on his fourth monograph Makers of Modern Jainism. He is also co-editing the Encyclopedia of Hinduism (Springer) as well as a volume on Indian and Western Philosophical Concepts in Religion. His earlier monograph was Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (May 2011), that won the 2012 DANAM Book Award and the 2011 Uberoi Book Award. He has published articles in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Religion Compass, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Journal of Visual Anthropology, and Zygon. He also contributes/contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post's forum On Faith, Times of India's Speaking Tree, and Patheos. Dr. Jain is widely consulted by various media and is interviewed and/or quoted for various news reports in BBC, NBC, Fox News, LA Times, National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, Times of India, Indian Express, The Hindu, Dallas Morning News, and India Abroad.
His research has been supported by the Fulbright Fellowship, Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund, and Wenner-Gren Grant. His teaching interests include Religion and Ecology, Asian Diaspora, and Sustainability of Religious Communities in Americas. Interested in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in the USA and in India. He has helped two temples in the Dallas area to get grants from their energy company to help them make more sustainable and energy efficient. One of his graduate students designed an environmental curriculum for the Sunday School at the Jain Temple in Dallas. Before joining UNT, he taught at North Carolina State University, Rutgers, Kean, and New Jersey City University.
He serves/served as a research affiliate with Harvard University's Pluralism Project, as scholar-in-residence with GreenFaith, as an advisory council member of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNT, as a board member of the Society for Hindu Christian Studies, as the India representative for the International Society for Environmental Ethics, as a member of the Academic Council for the International School for Jain Studies, and as a board member of the Executive Advisory Council of Hindu American Seva Communities, an NGO 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, Portland State 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.
Dr. Jain is an active member of several academic and community organizations, is fluent in several Indian languages, and has published poems in Hindi. Some of his papers and articles are at http://unt.academia.edu/PankajJain/Papers, videos are at http://www.youtube.com/pj2017, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DharmaAndEcology
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, India Studies, World Religions