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Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, Professor of History, Southern Methodist University

Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow in History - Class of Fall 2021


Johan Elverskog is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, Professor of Religious Studies, and, by courtesy, Professor of History at Southern Methodist University. He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD from Indiana University. Elverskog is the author or editor of nine books on the history of Buddhism across Asia, including The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Buddhist Asia (University of Pennsylvania, 2020) and Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road (University of Pennsylvania, 2010), which won the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence. His work has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Turkish. Elverskog’s work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Ford Research Foundation, National Humanities Center, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others. He has also been a fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies, Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Science, and Käte Hamburger Kolleg at the Ruhr Universität.

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