Dr. Bruce M. Sullivan

Bruce M. Sullivan, Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University.

I am a specialist in Hinduism, Buddhism, and India’s classical Sanskrit literary and theatrical traditions.  I have twice gone to India as Senior Research Scholar in the Federally-funded Fulbright Program, and lived for a year in India on a grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies.  I have published four books, including the Historical Dictionary of Hinduism (1997), which has also appeared in paperback in the United States (2001) and India (2003). In addition, I published a study of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata (in The Netherlands in 1990; second edition in India, 1999). I have collaborated with a scholar in India, N. P. Unni, to publish two books, each of which is a translation and study of a classical Sanskrit drama: The Sun God's Daughter and King Samvarana (1995), and The Wedding of Arjuna and Subhadra (2001). A recent collaborative effort with NAU professors of Health Sciences and Psychology resulted in four articles published on our innovative survey of Buddhist practitioners and the effects of their religious practices on their health. My educational background includes a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the History of Religions from The University of Chicago.


I would be happy to talk to any student about NAU’s programs in Asian Studies or Comparative Study of Religions (Religious Studies), which include

  *  CCS B.A. with Emphasis in Comparative Study of Religions (REL)

  *  CCS B.A. with Emphasis in Asian Studies

  *  Minor in Comparative Study of Religions (REL)

  *  Minor in Asian Studies


For more details about me, please see my website: http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/bms