Johan Elverskog

Professor & Chair of Religious Studies, SMU

(214) 768-4127

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Johan Elverskog is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at SMU. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on the history of Inner Asia, which have won several awards and also been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian. His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Research Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. He has also been a fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and the Käte-Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr Universität.


  • Ph.D., Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • M.A., Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • B.A., Religion, University of California, Berkeley

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • “The Dharma’s Love-Hate Relationship with Islam.” New York University Abu Dhabi, November 2, 2015.

  • “Buddhism, Islam, and the Empire of Cotton.” Université de Lausanne, October 12, 2015.

  • “The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia.” Loyola University New Orleans, September 14, 2015.

  •  “Christianity and the Future of Inner Asian Studies.” Universität Regensburg, June 6, 2015.

  • “Portraits of Muhammad from Chinggis Khan to Charlie Hebdo.” University of Pennsylvania, April 23, 2015.

  • “Silk Road Studies and the Crisis in the Humanities.” Columbia University, April 16, 2015.

  • “The Buddha’s Footprint.” Tricycle Spring (2015): 68-71, 109-110.

  • “(Asian Studies + Anthropocene)4” Journal of Asian Studies 73, 4 (2014): 963-974.