James A. Santucci

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James A. Santucci, Ph.D.

Professor of Comparative Religion

James A. Santucci is Professor of Comparative Religion. For over twenty years, he was on a joint appointment in the Departments of Religious Studies (now Comparative Religion) and Linguistics before becoming a full-time member of the Religious Studies Department.


year, Ph.D. in Vedic Studies, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)

year, M.A. in Asian Studies, University of Hawaii

year, B.A. in History, Iona College (New Rochelle, NY)

Research Areas

Teaching interests: Hinduism, Buddhism, New Religions, Sanskrit, Conceptions of the Afterlife, and Theosophy.

Research interests: Theosophy, the Theosophical Society, Vedic literature, Theravada Buddhism, and Samkhya.

Scholarly Work


While at the University of Hawaii, I was an East-West Center Grantee, and during my years at the ANU I was a recipient of the ANU scholarship funded by the Australian government.  Since 1990, I have been editor of Theosophical History, a journal devoted to research in the history of the theosophical movement. My most recent research has been on the conceptions of the afterlife in the religions of the world.