Associate Professor
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Locklin, Reid St Michael’s College, Odette Hall, Room 130
81 St Mary Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1J4
t: 416-926-1300, x3317
e: reid.locklin@utoronto.ca
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  • Interreligious and Comparative Theologies
  • Hindu-Christian Studies
  • Advaita Vedanta
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Reid B. Locklin is Associate Professor of Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition at the University of Toronto, a joint appointment with St Michael’s College and the Department for the Study of Religion. His research focuses on a range of issues in Comparative Theology and Hindu-Christian Studies, particularly the engagement between Christian thought and the Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedanta.   He also writes on the scholarship of teaching and learning in theology and religion.  Dr. Locklin grew up in Athens, Georgia, completed a BA in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a MTS from Boston University, and a PhD  in Theology from Boston College in 2003.  He has taught at the University of Toronto since 2004.

Curriculum Vitae

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Primary Teaching

Undergraduate courses in Catholicism, Christian theology and social justice for the St Michael’s College Christianity and Culture Programme; graduate courses in Christian theologies of religious pluralism and inter-religious dialogue, comparative theology, and Christianities of South Asia.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming  Ritual Renunciation and/or Ritual Innovation: Re-Describing Advaita Tradition.  In Ritual Innovation, ed. Amy Allocco and Brian Pennington.  Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

2013  “Teaching with Complicating Views: Beyond the Survey, Behind Pro and Con,” Teaching Theology and Religion 16(3): 201-20.

2012  “Śaṅkara.”  Oxford Bibliographies Online.  < http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/>.

2012  With T. Tiemeier and J. Vento. Teaching World Religions without Teaching ‘World Religions.’ Teaching Theology and Religion 15 (2): 159-81.

2011  Liturgy of Liberation: A Christian Commentary on Shankara’sUpadeśasāhasrī. Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts. Leuven: Peeters.

2010  With H. Nicholson. The Return of Comparative Theology. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78(2): 477-514.

Recent Grants and Fellowships

2012-2013  Leadership Team.  Wabash Center Teaching Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities, Lilly Endowment, Inc.

2009-2013  Co-editor (with Ellen Posman), Religious Studies News: Spotlight on Teaching.  American Academy of Religion.

2010  Senior Research Fellowship, Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School (2010-2011).

2010  Wabash Center Colloquy on Writing the Scholarship of Teaching in Theology and Religion, Lilly Endowment, Inc.