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Dr. Sushil Mittal

mittalsx@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Office: Cleveland 205
Phone: (540) 568-6137
Fax: (540) 568-8072

Education:

B.A. McGill University
M.A. Carleton University
Ph.D. University of Montreal

Research and Teaching

A fellow philosophical traveler with Mahatma Gandhi, Sushil Mittal is Professor of Religion at James Madison University, and Honorary Professor of Gandhian Studies at GITAM University in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Professor Mittal earned his B.A. from McGill University in Montréal, M.A. from Carleton University in Ottawa, and Ph.D. from University of Montréal. He has served on the faculties of the University of Florida in Gainesville and Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. His discipline by training is cultural anthropology, but he is located in a department of religion where he teaches Hindu Traditions, Hindu Ethics, and Gandhian thought.

Professor Mittal has conducted archival and field research in India, North America, Europe, and South Africa at intervals during the last three decades. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, his book publications include Development and Change in India; Surprising Bedfellows: Hindus and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern India; The Hindu World; Religions of India; and Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts and Methods. His current work-in-progress includes The Living Hindu World, Encyclopedia of Hindu Studies, and The Gandhi Reader.

Professor Mittal is the (founding) Editor of the International Journal of Hindu Studies (Springer, 1997- ) and the International Journal of Gandhi Studies (WHPress, 2012- ).

Professor Mittal was born in Canada (his “janma-bhumi”), and for the past over two decades, he has dedicated himself to working in the United States of America (his “karma-bhumi”), and he looks to India, or the land of Bharata, as the main source of his spiritual inspiration (his “dharma-bhumi”).