- Carthage College
James Lochtefeld specializes in Hindu pilgrimage. His dissertation research focused on the north Indian pilgrimage city of Hardwar; the dissertation draws on Sanskrit texts, archival documents, and field research to lay out a comprehensive picture of this vibrant, vital town. It was published by Oxford University Press in December 2009 under the title God’s Gateway.
In addition to the Hindu tradition, Professor Lochtefeld teaches courses on Indian religion and society, the Buddhist tradition, the Sikh tradition, East Asian religion, Sanskrit and Hindi. He has led J-Term classes to India since 1999. In both his research and his teaching, he seeks to explore the intersection of religious history, tradition and practice.
Among his awards are three years as a President’s Fellow at Columbia University, the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship (the most prestigious award for dissertations in religion and ethics), and a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. Professor Lochtefeld has also served as a board member and board chair for ASIANetwork, a consortium promoting Asian studies at more than 200 member institutions. He earned his B.A. from Colgate University, M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, M.A. from the University of Washington, and his M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
He came to Carthage in 1992.
James Lochtefeld, a faculty member since 1992, specializes in Hindu pilgrimage. In addition to the Hindu tradition, Professor Lochtefeld teaches courses on Indian religion and society, the Buddhist tradition, the Sikh tradition, East Asian religion, Sanskrit and Hindi.
Chair, Religion Department; Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
- Ph.D., M. Phil. — Columbia University
- M.A. — University of Washington
- M.T.S. — Harvard Divinity School
- B.A. — Colgate University
- REL 1000 Understandings of Religion
- REL 3110 Hinduism
- REL 3120 Islam
- REL 3130 Buddhism
- REL 3140 East Asian Religion
- REL 3360 Religion and Society in Modern India
What students say
“James Lochtefeld completely opened my mind to the religions and cultures of the world. He approached the material in an objective way, making it possible to learn about and understand world religions in a completely expert but unbiased way.”
— Molly Dupuis ’13