Reid B. Locklin

Associate Professor; St. Michael’s College


416-926-1300 x3317




Odette Hall 130


Reid B. Locklin is Associate Professor of Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition at the University of Toronto, a joint appointment with the St. Michael’s College Christianity and Culture Programme 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. His scholarly work has primarily addressed community formation, renunciation and soteriology in the work of the eighth century Advaita teacher Adi Sankaracarya, as well as broader questions of comparative method and—in a rather different register—the use of service learning and other experiential pedagogies in the undergraduate classroom. His current project explores mission and mission theology in movements founded by Swami Chinmayananda and other Advaita teachers in the modern period. His publications include Spiritual but Not Religious? (2005), “The Return of Comparative Theology” (with Hugh Nicholson, 2010), and Liturgy of Liberation: A Christian Commentary on Shankara’s Upadesasahasri (2011).He is past-president of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, past co-chair of the Comparative Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion, and co-editor of the AAR publication Spotlight on Teaching.

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