Professor James Lochtefeld specializes in Hindu pilgrimage. His dissertation research focused on the north Indian pilgrimage city of Hardwar; the dissertation draws on Sanskrit texts, archival documents, and field research to lay out a comprehensive picture of this vibrant, vital town. It was published by Oxford University Press in December 2009 under the title God's Gateway. In addition to the Hindu tradition, Prof. Lochtefeld teaches courses on Indian religion and society, the Buddhist tradition, the Sikh tradition, East Asian religion, Sanskrit and Hindi. He has led J-Term classes to India since 1999. In both his research and his teaching, he seeks to explore the intersection of religious history, tradition and practice.
Prof. Lochtefeld has a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of Washington, an M.T.S. from the Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Colgate University. He came to Carthage in 1992. Read more.
"James Lochtefeld completely opened my mind to the religions and cultures of the world. He approached the material in an objective way, making it possible to learn about and understand world religions in a completely expert but unbiased way."
— Molly Dupuis, '13
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