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Shubha Pathak

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy and Religion

  • Shubha Pathak is a historian of religions who studies the mythological literatures of India, Greece, and Rome.  In addition to teaching courses on comparative philosophy and comparative religion, she is researching Greco-Roman and Indian epics in their original and later literary forms, focusing on their theological and narratological dimensions. Her monograph, Divine Yet Human Epics: Reflections of Poetic Rulers from Ancient Greece and India (Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 2014), reveals the similar ways in which the primary Greek and Sanskrit epics address their respective audiences' existential needs. Her edited volume, Figuring Religions: Comparing Ideas, Images, and Activities (State University of New York Press, 2013), shows how metaphor and metonymy theories can be used in comparative religious studies.
  • Degrees

    AM (divinity), PhD (history of religions), University of Chicago Divinity School; PhD (social and behavioral sciences), Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; AB (religion), Princeton University

  • CAS - Philosophy and Religion
  • Battelle Tompkins - 113
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  • Fall 2014

    • GNED-230 General Education Area 3 Topic: Stories of South Asia
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  • Spring 2015

    • GNED-230 General Education Area 3 Topic: Stories of South Asia
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

The philosophical, psychological, and religious aspects of epic poetry and literary creativity; comparative philosophy and comparative religion; literary criticism; and contemporary psychological theories.

Grants and Sponsored Research

2010–11 Faculty Research Award, Office of Academic Affairs, American University.

2008–9 College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Faculty Development Fund Grant, American University. 

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