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October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Jason Neelis

Associate Professor & Graduate Officer

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.4572
Fax: 519-884-9387
Office Location: DAWB 2-110

Languages Spoken


Academic Background

BA (Brown University), MA (University of Texas at Austin), PhD (University of Washington)

*Currently on sabbatical until July 1, 2014*


Jason Neelis studies religious traditions of South Asia in historical, economic, and material contexts, with an emphasis on issues related to processes of cross-cultural mobility and exchange. In Early Buddhist Transmission and Trade Networks (Brill, Leiden: 2011), he examines patterns in the institutional expansion of Buddhist communities based on literary texts and manuscripts, inscriptions and petroglyphs, and archaeological sources. He has contributed articles and chapters on ancient routes through the Karakorum mountains, Central Asian migrations to South Asia, and geographical and historical backgrounds for avadāna narratives in Gandharan Buddhist manuscripts to the Bulletin of the Asia Institute, On the Cusp of an Era, and Buddhist Studies. His teaching interests extend broadly to dynamic interactions between South Asian religions (including Hinduism and Jainism), transregional connections and movements across Asia via overland and maritime networks, and the role of cultural and religious catalysts in the past and present.

Additional Information


  • South Asian religions, history, literature, and languages
  • Buddhist transmission across Asia
  • Gandharan manuscripts, epigraphy, and archaeology
  • Inscriptions and petroglyphs in northern Pakistan