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Mari Jyväsjärvi Stuart

Assistant Professor
Department of Religious Studies

Phone Number: 803-777-2023
Office: Rutledge 327
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Ph.D. Harvard, 2011
Hinduism and South Asian Religions

I teach and do research on the South Asian religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

My research focuses on the history of South Asian monastic and ascetic traditions, especially women’s participation in these traditions and the implications of gender for religious authority and spiritual capacity more broadly. In my recently completed book manuscript, I examine the rhetorical uses of gendered representations of monks and nuns in early medieval Buddhist and Jain commentaries. Besides these topics, my academic interests include the place of the human body in religious discourse and practice, religion and ecology, and religion and medicine. I received my doctorate from Harvard University in 2011, and taught South Asian religions at Reed College in Portland, Oregon for two years before joining the faculty at USC. I am also a scholar with the Virtue, Happiness, & Meaning of Life project.