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Prof. Pankaj Jain
Professor - Philosophy and Religious Studies
Email: pankaj.jain@flame.edu.in
PhD in Religious Studies from University of Iowa; M.A in Religious Studies from Columbia University; B.E in Computer Science from Karnataka University.

Professor Pankaj Jain is an internationally recognized academic leader in Sustainability, Jain Studies, Film Studies, and Diaspora Studies, with about 30 years of experience in the academic and corporate worlds. He is the HoD of Humanities & Languages and the Chair of The India Centre at FLAME University. Until 2020, he was the founding co-chair of India Initiatives Group and Associate Professor in the Departments of Philosophy & Religion and Anthropology at the University of North Texas, a tier-1 American university. He holds a PhD from the University of Iowa and an M.A. from Columbia University. His B.E. was in Computer Science from Karnatak University.


He is working on his fifth monograph and has coedited the Encyclopedia of Indian Religions (2022) and Indian and Western Philosophical Concepts in Religion (2023). His earlier monographs are Modern Jainism: A Historical Approach (2023), Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (2019), award-winning Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (2011), and Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains (2015).

Articles and Media Presence:

His articles and quotes have appeared in several academic and popular avenues, including the Huffington Post, Washington Post, Times of India's Speaking Tree, and Patheos. In addition, Dr Jain is widely quoted in various American and Indian media outlets. In July 2020, the New York Times interviewed him, and in 2019 Morgan Freeman interviewed him for the section on Jainism in the National Geographic series The Story of God.


He received numerous accolades, including the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for Environmental Leadership, the Wenner-Gren Grant, and the IIAS Fellowship. In addition, he was nominated for the Sustainability Leadership Award from Memnosyne Institute. His first book also received a couple of American awards.

Social Media Outreach:

His social media handle is @ProfPankajJain, and his podcast #DiscoverIndia is on Spotify, Apple, Google, YouTube, Gaana, and other platforms.



  • Jain, Pankaj. Modern Jainism: A Historical Approach (contract signed with Springer)

  • Jain, Pankaj. Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora. London, England: Routledge, 2020 

    • Reviewed/featured in Nidan, Routledge Journal of Diaspora Studies, Routledge Journal of South Asian Diaspora, Rupkatha, Swarajya, Springer Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Hindu American Foundation, AAR's Reading Religion, and New Books in Indian Religions Podcast

  • Jain, Pankaj. Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India: Moving the Mountains. London, England: Routledge, 2018. 

    • Reviewed in The International Journal of Hindu Studies, Worldviews, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, and The British Journal for the History of Science.

  • Jain, Pankaj. Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability. Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2011. London, England: Routledge, 2016.

    • Winner of the 2012 DANAM Award and 2011 Uberoi Foundation Award. Reviewed in the Journal of Asian StudiesInternational Journal of Dharma StudiesEnvironmental Values, Food, Culture & Society, International Journal of Hindu Studies, Oxford Journal of Hindu Studies, Journal of Hindu Christian Studies, Philosophy East & West, Religious Studies ReviewSophia, and Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, & Ecology. Also reviewed in Asia Times and IndiaFacts and cited in LA TimesSwarajya, and Indian Express.

Edited Journal, Volume, and Encyclopedia

  • Jain, Pankaj, and Jeffery Long. Indian and Western Philosophical Concepts in Religion. Rowman & Littlefield, 2023. 

  • Long Jeffery, Sherma Rita , and Jain, Pankaj. Encyclopedia of Indian Religions. Springer, 2022.

  • Jain, "Hinduism and Materiality," Nidan: International Journal of Indian Studies, vol. 23, 2011

Academic Journal Articles/Essays

  • Jain, Pankaj and Shikha "Interpreting and Responses to Pandemics in Indian Philosophical Traditions and Films," in Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology.

  • Jain, Pankaj and Shikha "'Children of the Earth' to 'Dark Wind': Nature, Environment, and Climate in Indian Films," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 36.1, 2023.

  • Jain, "Ecocritical Analysis of Classics by Three Indian Film Maestros," in Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, 26.3, 2022, pp. 267-280.

  • Jain, Pankaj and Nandini "The Objectification of Women in V. Shantaram's Films," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 35.2, 2022, pp. 201-206.

  • Bhasin, Nandini, and Pankaj "Anuradha and Anupama: Gender Issues through Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach" in Journal of Visual Anthropology, May 2021, pp 257-263.

  • Sharma, Shikha, and Pankaj "Encountering Asceticism: A Hindu nun in Jogan vis-à-vis a Buddhist monk in Trishagni," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 33.5, pp 466-473.

  • Tyagi, Jyoti, and Pankaj "Do Bigha Zamin: A Realistic Wonder of Indian Cinema," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 33.5, pp. 459-465.

  • Jain, "Climate Engineering from Hindu-Jain Perspectives," in Zygon, Volume 54, Issue 4, December 2019, pages 826-836. DOI:10.1111/zygo.12568.

  • Jain, "Sara Jahan Hamara: Indian Films and their Portrayal of Foreign Locations," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 32:3-4, 2019, pp. 343-352. DOI: 10.1080/08949468.2019.1637686.

  • Jain, "Taking Philosophy Back: A Call from the Great Wall of China." Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 7, no. 9 (2018): 60-64.

  • Jain, "Practicing Ahimsa: Nonviolence Toward Humans, Animals, and Earth," in American Academy of Religion's Spotlight on Theological Education, March 2013.

  • Jain, "Reinterpreting Yajña as Vedic Sacrifice," in Brahmavidya: Adyar Library Bulletin, vol. 74-75, 2011, pp. 161-178.

  • Jain, "From Padosi to My Name is Khan: Portrayal of Hindu Muslim Relations in South Asian Films," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 24.1, 2011, pp. 345-363.

  • Jain, "Such a Long Journey: Portrayal of Parsi Community in Films," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 24.1, 2011, pp. 384-390.

  • Jain, "Jainism, Dharma, and Environmental Ethics," in Union Seminary Quarterly Review, 61.1, 2011, pp. 121-135.

  • Jain, "Bishnoi: An Eco-Theological 'New Religious Movement' in the Indian Desert," in Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 2, 2010, pp. 109-122.

  • Jain, "Virtue Ethics of Boot Polish and Dosti vis-à-vis Slumdog Millionaire," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 23.1, 2010, pp. 44-50, DOI: 10.1080/08949460903368911.

  • Jain, "From Kil-Arni to Anthony: Portrayal of Christians in Indian Films," in Journal of Visual Anthropology, 23.1, 2010, pp. 13-19, DOI: 10.1080/08949460903368887.

  • Jain, "Renunciation and Non-renunciation in Indian Films," in Religion Compass, 4(3), 2010,  157-165.

  • Jain, "Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Practitioners," in Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, 13.3, 2009, pp. 305-320.

  • Jain, "Indic Traditions and Environmental Ethics," in Religious Studies Review, 35.2, 2009,  99-104.

  • Jain, "Indology and Marxist Hermeneutics," in Journal of South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion, May 2009, vol. 3, pp. 127-136.

  • Jain, Pankaj. "Jainism: An Evaluation with Hinduism and Buddhism," in Jinamanjari, 39.1, 2009, pp. 64-82.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Jain, “Islands of Jainism in Hindu Cities: Ayodhyā, Hastināpur, and Vārāṇasī,” in Sacred Heritage and Pilgrimages in Cities, edited by Singh, Rana P. B. and Niglio, Olimpia Cham, Switzerland: Springer (forthcoming).

  • Jain, Pankaj. "Myths and Metaphors in Jainism," in Spiritual Consciousness as Evolutionary Learning: Exploring Myth, Metaphor and Magic for Sustainability, edited by Maureen London: Routledge (forthcoming).

  • Jain, Pankaj, and Ajay "Purab Aur Pachhim: A Majoritarian Framework of Nationalism," in Film and Place in an Intercultural Perspective: India-Europe Film Connections, edited by Krzysztof Stachowiak, Hania Janta, Jani Kozina, and Therese Sunngren-Granlund. London: Routledge (in press).

  • Jain, Pankaj, and Suniti "The Mahabharata for EcoDharmic Activism: Examples from the Bishnoi and Swadhyaya Communities," in Revisiting Mahābhārata, edited by Balaganapathi Devarakonda and Geetesh Nirban. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. (in press).

  • Jain, "Jain Dharma as Virtue Ethics for Sustainability," in The Virtues of Sustainability, edited by Jason Kawall, Oxford University Press, 2021.

  • Jain, "Modern Hindu Dharma and Environmentalism," in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism, Edited by Torkel Brekke, Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 261-274.

  • Jain, "Bhumika," in Moksha Pahud, translated by Munishree Pranmya Sagar, 2019.

  • Jain, "Foreword," in Religion: Thy Relevance, edited by Veenus Jain, Jupiter Publications Consortium, 2017.

  • Jain, "Dharma of Sustainability, Sustainability of Dharma: A Hindu Energy Ethics" in Light for a New Day: Interfaith Essays on Energy Ethics. November 2016.

  • Jain, "Dharma for the Earth, Water, and Agriculture" in Religion and Sustainable Agriculture: World's Spiritual Traditions and Food Ethics, edited by Todd LeVasseur, Pramod Parajuli, and Norman Wirzba. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2016, pp. 139-152.

  • Jain, "Bovine Dharma: Nonhuman Animals and the Swadhyaya Parivar," in Rethinking the Nonhuman: Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics, edited by Neil Dalal and Chloe Taylor. London, England: Routledge, 2014, pp. 169-178.

  • Jain, Pankaj. "Earth, Water, and Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Svadhyaya Practitioners," in Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Studies: Essays in Honour of Trichur S. Rukmani, edited by Pratap Penumala and Jonathan Duquette. New Delhi: DK Printworld, 2013, pp. 343-359.

  • Jain, "Cows and Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Hindu' Bovine Activists'," in Issues in Ethics and Animal Rights, edited by Manish A. Vyas. Delhi: Regency Publications, 2011, pp. 178- 188.

  • Jain, "Householders and Renouncers: The Holistic Combination in Indian Thought," in Studies in Vedanta, edited by P. George Victor and VVS. Saibaba, New Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2006, pp. 165-180.

Encyclopedia and Bibliographic Articles

  • Jain, Pankaj, and Christopher "Ecology in Hinduism," in Oxford Bibliographies, 2017.

  • Jain, Pankaj. "Ecology (Jainism)," in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions: Buddhism and Jainism, edited by Jeffery Long, Springer, 2017.

  • Jain, Pankaj, and George James. "Environmental Ethics: Indian Perspectives" in Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource, 2nd , edited by J. Britt Holbrook and Carl Mitcham, volume 2: 119-121. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2015.

  • Jain, "Swadhyaya Movement and Pandurang Shastri Athavale," in Encyclopedia of Hinduism, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen, Brill, 2013, pp. 659-663.

Non-Academic Publications

  • Jain, "Freudian Psychoanalysis and Indian Psychology," in Indica Today, 2022.

  • Jain, "Bishnoi," in Database of Religious History, University of British Columbia, 2022. Jain, Pankaj. "EcoHoli," in GreenFaith, 2022.

  • Jain, "Indic Climate Ethics Can Address Energy Poverty," in Times of India print edition, Mar 23, 2022.

  • Jain, "Research and Teaching Innovation with Films," in Ignite, January 2022.

  • Jain, "Jain Dharma," in Jain Avenue, December 2021.

  • Jain, "Five Indic Theories that can Influence Climate Engineering Measures," in The CSR Journal, Nov 27, 2021.

  • Cutinha, Lance and Jain, "Play the Game," in The Economic Times, Nov 7, 2021.

  • Jain, "Climate Engineering – The Indic Philosophy Way," in The Times of India print edition, Oct 29, 2021.

  • Jain, Pankaj, and Shikha "Dharma and Adharma during the Pandemic," in The Times of India, Apr 27, 2021.

  • Jain, "Academic Study of World Religions Needed in India," in The Times of India, Apr 22, 2021.

  • Jain, "Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility," in The Times of India, Apr 5, 2021. Jain, Pankaj, and George Yancy. "Jainism and Death" in The New York Times, Jul 29, 2020.

  • Jain, "Conservative Ideas for Conservation of Mother Earth," in The Daily Caller, Oct 25, 2018.

  • Jain, “Mahavir Ki Ahimsa Main Hai Paryavaran Sankat Ka Hal,” in Dainik Bhaskar, Mar 29, 2018.

  • Jain, “Shashvat Manviya Mulya Apnana Hee Adhunikta,” in Dainik Bhaskar, Mar 19, 2018.

  • Natarajan, Ananth, and Pankaj "India in Ancient Times did have its form of Democracy and Republics-Uthiramerur and Self Governance," in MyIndMakers.com, Mar 7, 2018.

  • Jain, “Dharmic Mulyon Ne Dee Hai Tikau Vikas Ki Avadharana,” in Dainik Bhaskar Feb 6, 2018.

  • Jain, "Controversies do not diminish the great role played by many spiritual gurus," in The Hindu, Oct 12, 2017.

  • Jain, "Relevance of Dharma," in Huffington Post, Jun 2017.

  • Jain, "Roots of the Sandstorms are in America!" in Huffington Post, Aug 2016.

  • Jain, "Masala Aesthetics of Indian Films and Culture," in Huffington Post, Mar 2016. Jain, Pankaj. "Banning Violence against Cows and Humans," in Huffington Post, Oct. 2015.

  • Jain, "For the Love of Music," in Times of India's Speaking Tree, Nov 24, 2013.

  • Jain, "Turning Temples in North America Green," in India Abroad, vol. 43, issue 18, Feb 1, 2013, p. A39.

  • Jain, "Jain Dharma goes beyond 'Religion," in HuffingtonPost.com, Nov 28, 2011.

  • Jain, "A Survey of Texas-based places of worship for Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs," on Pluralism.org, Aug 1, 2011.

  • Jain, "Hinduism and Modernity," in HuffingtonPost.com, Aug 1, 2011

  • Jain, "Dharmic Method to Save the Planet," in HuffingtonPost.com, May 12, 2011.

  • Jain, "The Cosmic Questions behind the Cosmic Dance of Obama-Raja on Newsweek," in  Washington Post – On Faith, Nov 29, 2010.

  • Jain, Pankaj. "Irony and the 'Yoga Wars,'" in Washington Post – On Faith, Dec 12, 2010

  • Jain, "Ten Hindu Teachings on the Environment," GreenFaith.com, Nov 10, 2010.

  • Jain, "Bollywood and Beyond: Hinduism Changing the World," on Patheos.com, Jun 28, 2010.

  • Jain, "Swadhyaya's Dharmic Ecology," in Forum on Religion and Ecology Newsletter, May 1, 2010.

  • Jain, "Better Banswara, Mediocre Mumbai: Musings from my India Trip," in Saathee, issue 130, February 2009.

  • Jain, "From Emic/Etic to Ethic: Issue of Insider/Outsider in South Asian Studies," in Newsletter of Association for Asian Studies, May 1, 2005.

Book Reviews

  • Sen, Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019, in International Journal of Hindu Studies, 25.3, May 2022, pp. 322-324.

  • Doron, Assa, and Robin Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2018, in Asian Ethnology, Jan 2019, p. 433-435.

  • Haberman, People Trees: Worship of Trees in Northern India. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, in The Journal of Religion, 95.4, 2015.

  • Sanford, Whitney. Growing Stories from India: Religion and the Fate of Agriculture. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2012, Food, Culture, and Society, 16.3, pp. 524-525, 2013.

  • Srinivas, Tulasi. Winged Faith: Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism through the Sathya Sai New York: Columbia University Press, 2010, in Religious Studies Review 37.3, pp. 235, 2011.

  • Fortier, Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Resilience of Himalayan Hunter-Gatherers.

  • Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2009, in Religious Studies Review, 4, pp. 309-310, 2010.

  • Giri, Ananta Self-Development and Social Transformations? The Vision and Practice of the Self-Study Mobilization of Swadhyaya. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2009, in Religious Studies Review, 36.2, pp. 167-168, 2010.

  • Jacobsen, Knut A, ed. Theory and Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2005, in Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, 2, pp. 193- 194, 2010.

  • Emma Tomalin. Bio-Divinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2009, Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, 2-3, pp. 301- 302, 2010.

  • Heidi Pauwels, Indian Literature and Popular Cinema: Recasting Classics, London, England: Routledge, 2009, in Religious Studies Review, 36.1, p. 97, 2010.

  • Bhaskar Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009, in the Journal of Asian Studies, 70.1, pp. 292-293, 2010.

  • Bhaskar, Ira, and Richard Allen. Islamicate Cultures of Bombay New Delhi: Tulika Books, 2009, in Religious Studies Review, 35.4, pp. 300, 2009.

  • Ann In the Time of Trees and Sorrows: Nature, Power, and Memory in Rajasthan, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002, in Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses, 36.3, 2007.

  • Arvind Advaita Vedanta: An Introduction, New Delhi, India: Motilal Banarsidass, 2004, in Religious Studies Review, 31.1, 2005.