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Joseph G. Walser
Associate Professor
Joseph G. Walser
Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of Religion
Eaton Hall, Room 329 
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-2322
Fax: 617-627-6615

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1997 (History of Religions)
Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) Emory University, 1991
B.A. Carleton College, 1989 (Geology)

Research Interests:
Mahāyāna Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, religion in early South Asia, Chinese Religions, Anthropology of Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Sociology of Religious Philosophy.



  • "When Did Buddhism Become Anti-Brahmanical? The Case of the Missing Soul." Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 86(1), 94-125. (2018)
  • "The Classification of Religions and Religious Classifications: A Genre Approach". Culture and Religion, 16(4), 345-371. (2005)
  • "The origin of the term 'Mahāyāna' (The Great Vehicle) and its relationship to the Agamas" Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies Volume 30 Number 1-2, 2007 (2009) 219-252.
  • "Abhidharma" in The Routledge History of Indian Philosophy (Routledge, forthcoming)
  • "Nāgārjuna, the Ratnāvalī and the Deccan," Journal of Deccan Studies 3.1 (2005).
  • "Nāgārjuna and the Ratnāvalī: New Ways to Date an Old Philosopher" Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, 25.1-2 (2002): 209-262.
  • "On the Formal Arguments of the Akutobhayā" Journal of Indian Philosophy, vol. 26, 1998.

Courses Taught at Tufts:

  • Zen Buddhism
  • A History of Yoga
  • Introduction to Religion
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Introduction to Hinduism
  • Asian Religions
  • Indian Philosophies
  • Seminar on Mahāyāna Buddhism
  • Tantra:
    • Hindu and Buddhist Tantra in South Asia
    • Sino-Japanese Buddhist Tantra
    • South Asian Buddhist Tantra
    • Tibetan Tantra
  • Religions of China
  • Contemporary Japanese Buddhist Philosophy