Jacob N. Kinnard

Jacob N. Kinnard

Professor of Comparative Religions

Contact Information

Phone: (303) 765-3164

Fax: (303) 777-0164

Email: jkinnard@iliff.edu


B.A., Bowdoin College
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Chicago


Jacob N. Kinnard, professor of comparative religions, teaches courses on the religious traditions of India, comparative religion, and theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion. Among the topics he writes about are Buddhist art and ritual, temples and pilgrimage places, and the ways in which religious communities understand and negotiate religiously significant places.

He is the author of Places in Motion: The Dynamic Lives of Images, Temples, and Pilgrims (Oxford, 2014) The Emergence of Buddhism: Classical Traditions in Contemporary Perspectives (Fortress, 2011), Imaging Wisdom: Seeing and Knowing in the Art of Indian Buddhism (Routledge, 1999), and he is the editor of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Comparative Religion (Blackwell), and co-editor of Constituting Communities: Theravada Traditions in South and Southeast Asia (SUNY 2003). He has published numerous articles in journals such as History of Religions, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Material Religion, Postscripts, The Eastern Buddhist, and the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, as well as chapters in a wide range of edited volumes and encyclopedias.

Dr. Kinnard served for ten years as the editor of the Religion, Culture, and History series for Oxford University Press, and he is a past member of the Publications Committee and former president of the Rocky Mountain/Great Plains Region of the American Academy of Religion.

Representative Courses:

World Religions
The Comparative Study of Religion
Pilgrimage in Comparative Perspective
Buddhist Philosophy
Gods and Goddesses of India
Inter-religious Dialogue
Asceticism and Monasticism

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News & Awards

“The Ride Home,” 850 KOA Radio – February 09, 2010
Tiger Woods and Buddhism

Jacob Kinnard provides expert commentary on “The Ride Home,” talk radio program. Professor Kinnard’s segment can be heard at 20:25 of the 31:31 minute program link.

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  • 850 KOA Radio. Jacob Kinnard is interviewed on “The Ride Home,” talk radio program, regarding Tiger Woods and Buddhism, Feb. 19, 2010. Professor Kinnard’s segment can be heard at 20:25 of the 31:31 minute program link.