Matthew Robertson


Matthew Robertson

Matthew Robertson

Religious Studies Program Coordinator


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017
  • M.A., St. John’s College, New Mexico, 2009
  • B.S., Truman State University, 2005


  • Puruṣa: Personhood in Ancient India. Oxford University Press, 2024.
  • “Bigness, Brilliance, the Buddhi, and the Brāhmaṇya Yoked-Up King.” Journal of Hindu Studies (forthcoming)
  • “Bliss and Bodily Disorientation: The Autophagous Mysticism of Georges Bataille and the Taittirīya Upaniṣad.” In Transformative Embodiment in Asian Religions: Subtle Body, Sensory Body, and Spatial Body (Routledge Press), edited by George Pati and Katherine Zubko, 2019.
  •  “The Autophagous Absolute: Revelations of Cosmic and Sovereign Violence in the Taittirīya Upaniṣad and the Bhagavad Gītā. Journal of Religion and Violence 6(1): 73-105, 2018.
  • “The Identity of Person and World in Caraka Saṃhitā 4.5,” Journal of Indian Philosophy 45: 837-861, 2017.
  • “In a Time Gone Mad: Indic Notions of Madness in the Mahābhārata and Beyond,” Journal of Hindu Studies 9: 111-144, 2016.
  • “The Unconscious Mind.” In, Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies. Edited by Matt Cardin. ABC-Clio Inc., 2015.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • History of South Asia and South Asian Religions,
  • Epic Literature of South Asia,
  • Āyurveda,
  • Religion and Violence,
  • Mortality Studies,
  • Religion and Environmental Thought,
  • History of Medicine,
  • Personhood,
  • Spatial Theory,
  • Body Theory.

Courses Taught

  • CIV 201 - World Civilizations and Cultures I
  • RGS 200 - Introduction to Religious Studies
  • HIS/RGS 309 - Survey of World Religions
  • HIS 359 - Early India

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