Professor 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 the forthcoming 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.
"Buddhism and the Family," Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, ed. Richard Payne (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
"Bad Nun: Thullanandā in Pāli Canonical and Commentarial Sources," Journal of Buddhist Ethics 20 (2013) 18-66.
"An Elephant Good to Think: The Buddha in Pārileyyaka Forest," Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 35:1-2 (2012) 259-293.
“Mother-Love and Mother-Grief: South Asian Buddhist Variations on a Theme,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 23:1 (2007) 95-116.
“Debt to the Mother: A Neglected Aspect of the Founding of the Buddhist Nuns’ Order,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 74:4 (2006) 861-901.