Mark Elmore

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Office : 918 Sproul Hall
Phone: 530-754-8521
Email: mkelmore (at) ucdavis (dot) edu

Mark Elmore (PhD. UC Santa Barbara, Religious Studies) is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. His research examines a cluster of issues surrounding problematizations of religion in the wake of colonial control. His dissertation research explored the mutual constitution of religion and state in the Himalayas of northwest India. He is currently working on several interrelated projects including a book that developed from his dissertation, a co-edited volume on religion and colonialism, and a multiyear consultation at the American Academy of Religion. He is also working on a documentary film about the public debate over animal sacrifice in the Western Himalayas. More broadly, his research interests include tantric traditions, modernity/modernization, mediation, and theories of religion. Previously, he was assistant professor/faculty fellow in Religious Studies at New York Univeristy and assistant professor in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of North Florida. His research has been funded by Fullbright-Hays, the Lilly Endowment, UC Ofice of the President, and the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute.

Education and Degree(s):

  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
  • M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara

Research Interest(s):

  • Modern Hinduism
  • Religion and Politics in South Asia
  • Tantric Traditions
  • Religion and Colonialism
  • Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • Visual Culture

Course(s) Taught:

  • RST 100. Study of Religion: Issues and Methods
  • RST 110. Life, Meaning and Identity
  • RST 68 - Hinduism
  • RST 100 - Issues & Methods
  • RST 30. Religions of South Asia

Selected Publications:

Elmore, Mark and Caleb Elfenbein, ed. Religion and Colonialism: A Reader. Series Edited by Russell T. McCutcheon, Critical Categories in the Study of Religion: Routledge USA; Equinox UK, 2007. Forthcoming.

Elmore, Mark and Caleb Elfenbein, ed. Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (Special Issue: "Defining Religion in the Postcolony"), 2007. Forthcoming.

Elmore, Mark. "'God is a Beggar': Land Reform and the Production of Religion." Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (2007. Forthcoming).

Elmore, Mark. "Torino in the Himalayas: Ford’s Attempt to Package Village Religion for Asian Tourists." In Religion, Media, and Globalization, edited by Stewart Hoover, 2007. Forthcoming.

Elmore, Mark. "Definitional Transgression, or the Revenge of the Vernacular in Hindu Tantric Studies." Religion Compass 1, no. 1 (2007).

Elmore, Mark. "Theologies of Visibility and Evidentiary Authority in Eastern Himachal Pradesh." Contemporary South Asia 15, no. 1 (2006): 3-14.

Elmore, Mark. "Hindu Approaches to Death." In Death and Religion in a Changing World, edited by Kathleen-Garces Foley. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2005.

Elmore, Mark. "Stately (Dis)Placement: Narrative, Place, and Postcoloniality." epoché 25, no. 2 (2005): 139-65.

Elmore, Mark and Ira Chernus. "Toward a Nonviolence History of the Nuclear Age." In The Gandhis and the Kings: Retrieving and Renewing Nonviolence, edited by Simon Harak. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1999.

Elmore, Mark et al. "The Academic Study of Religion and Thestrip." Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin 27, no. 1 (1998): 7-9.

Elmore, Mark. "Mirages of the Mind: A Study of Academic Representations of Tantra." TheStrip: A Journal of Religion and Culture (1998).

Elmore, Mark. "Review of Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language." Religion (2006).

Elmore, Mark. "Review of Hind Swaraj and Other Writings." Religious Studies Review 24, no. 2 (1998): 216.