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Brian Collins


Associate Professor and Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy

Classics & World Religions
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Ohio University faculty member since 2013

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University of Chicago, Ph.D. in History of Religions (2010); University of Chicago, M.A. in History of Religions (2003); B.A. in Religious Studies, North Carolina State University (2001); B.A. in Psychology, North Carolina State University (2001)


  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Comparative Religion
  • Theories of Religion
  • Religion in Asia

Courses Taught

  • CLAS 3140: Indian Epic: Mahabharata and Ramayana
  • CLWR 1810: Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • CLWR 3340/5340: Hinduism
  • CLWR 3350/5350: Buddhism
  • CLWR 4810: Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism

Selected Publications

The Head Beneath the Altar: Hindu Mythology and the Critique of Sacrifice. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2014. [More information available at

"The Sacrificial Ram and the Swan Queen: Mimetic Theory Fades to Black." Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis and Culture. Vol. 20, No. 1 (Jan., 2013), 207-237.

"Avatāra or Cirajīvin? Paraśurāma and His Problems." Journal of Vaishnava Studies Vol. 21, No. 1 (2012), 187-197.

"Rāma Jamadagnya/Paraśurāma." Oxford Bibliographies in Hinduism. Edited by Alf Hiltebeitel. New York: Oxford University Press. Launched May 23, 2012.

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