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Professor Joseph O'Connell

Shivdasani Visiting Fellow
Senior Associate Fellow
Visiting Fellow

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.

Since his retirement Professor O'Connell has served in visiting capacities in the Centre for Hindu Studies and the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford; Department of Philosophy and Religion, Visva-Bharati; and Department of World Religions and Culture, University of Dhaka. He is currently preparing a textbook on the history of religion in the Bengal region and is assisting in the development of academic study of religion in Bangladesh and India. 
Professor O'Connell passed away on May 6, 2012 -