Professor Joseph O'Connell
Prof. Joseph O'Connell is a Professor in the Study of Religion, retired after thirty years of teaching at Saint Michael's College in the University of Toronto, Canada. he was born in Boston in 1940 and educated in the United States where he received his BA in History from the College of the Holy Cross and his Ph.D. in Religion (Comparative study of the major world religions) from Harvard University in 1970. His doctoral thesis and much of his later research, translations (from Sanskrit and Bangla) and scholarly publications focus on Vaishnava bhakti (devotional) religion and its social implications in Bengal and beyond. He has also edited (solely or jointly a number of volumes.