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Shubha Pathak Assoc Professor Department of Philosophy & Religion

Contact
Send email to Shubha Pathak
(202) 885-2957 (Office)
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
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Office Hours (Spring 2023): via Zoom audioconferencing by e-mail appointment
Degrees
AB (religion), Princeton University
PhD (social and behavioral sciences), The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
AM (divinity), PhD (history of religions), The University of Chicago Divinity School

Bio
Shubha Pathak is a historian of religions who interprets epic myths from Greece, India, and Rome. In addition to teaching courses on intersections of religion, philosophy, and politics in classical and postclassical contexts, she researches epics in their original and later literary forms to illuminate their paradigmatic pantheons and their authors’ creative understandings of their places in their universes. Her monograph, Divine Yet Human Epics: Reflections of Poetic Rulers from Ancient Greece and India (Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 2014), shows how divinity-favored and -favoring bardic kings in the primary Greek and Sanskrit epics articulate and address their respective audiences' existential needs. Her edited volume, Figuring Religions: Comparing Ideas, Images, and Activities (State University of New York Press, 2013), demonstrates the methodological advances made by applying metaphor and metonymy theories in comparative religious studies. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Classics@, the International Journal of Hindu Studies, and Religions of South Asia.
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Shubha Pathak's ORCID record
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Teaching

Fall 2022

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Epic Love, Lust and Loss

  • RELG-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Mod Myth: the Celestial Hunter

Spring 2023

  • RELG-245 Stories of South Asia

  • RELG-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Mod Myth: Calasso's Ka

Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

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

Grants and Sponsored Research

2016–17 College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Faculty Development Fund Grant, American University.

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.  

Selected Publications

 

Books

 

Articles