Reiko Ohnuma

|Professor of Religion
Academic Appointments

Chair, Department of Religion

Reiko Ohnuma is a specialist in the Buddhist traditions of South Asia (with a particular focus on narrative literature, hagiography, and the role and imagery of women), but also teaches courses on Hinduism.  She holds a B.A. from the University of California (Berkeley) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).  She is the author of Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood: Giving Away the Body in Indian Buddhist Literature (Columbia University Press, 2007); Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Contact

646-2114
314 Thornton Hall
HB 6036

Education

  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley (1986)
  • M.A. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1993)
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1997)

Selected Publications

  • Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017).

  • Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2012).

  • Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood: Giving Away the Body in Indian Buddhist Literature (Columbia University Press, 2007).

  • "Animal Doubles of the Buddha," Humanimalia 7:2 (2016) 1-34.

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