Jarrod Whitaker


Dr. Jarrod Whitaker

Associate Professor of Religion and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Core Faculty

Contact Information:

Office: Wingate 311
Phone: (336) 758-4162
Email: whitakjl@wfu.edu


Ph.D.: University of Texas Austin
M.A.: University of Canterbury, New Zealand
B.A.: University of Canterbury, New Zealand

WGS Courses:

WGS 221: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professional/Research Focus:

Asian Religions
Theory and Method of Religion

Selected Publications:


  • Strong Arms and Drinking Strength: Masculinity, Violence, and the Body in Ancient India (Oxford University Press, 2011).


  • “Empowering Men Ritually in Ancient India.” In: Michael Axels, ed. et al, Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual, Volume III: State, Power, and Violence (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010): 47-54.
  • “Ritual Power, Social Prestige, and Amulets (mani) in the Atharvaveda.” In A. Griffiths & J.E.M. Houben, eds., The Vedas: Texts, Language, & Ritual. Proceedings of the Third International Vedic Workshop, Leiden 2002 (Groningen: Egbert Forsten): 565-580.
  • “How the Gods Kill: The Narayana Astra Episode, the Death of Ravana, and the Principles of Tejas in the Indian Epics.” Journal of Indian Philosophy, vol.30, no.4: 403-430.
  • “Divine Weapons and Tejas in the Two Indian Epics.” Indo-Iranian Journal, vol.43, no.2: 87-113.