Johan Elverskog

 

Johan Elverskog is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


My research falls into five main areas. The first is Sino-Inner Asian history during the Ming-Qing period (1368-1912). Here my books include The Jewel Translucent Sutra: Altan Khan and the Mongols  the Sixteenth CenturyThe Pearl Rosary: Mongol Historiography in Early 19th Century Ordos, and Our Great Qing: The Mongols, Buddhism and the State in Late Imperial China. A second area is the history of Buddhism among the Turks and Mongols. Here, my books include Uygur Buddhist Literature and the edited volume Biographies of Eminent Mongol Buddhists

A third focus is inter-Asian cross-cultural exchange and interaction. Here, my books include the co-edited volume Cosmopolitanism in China, 1600-1920 and Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road, which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and won the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence in the Historical Study of Religion. The fourth, and most recent focus of my work is environmental history. My latest book The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press, and with Ali Yacioglu of Stanford I am co-organizing the international conference Global Environmental Borderlands in the Age of Empire. Finally, the fifth focus is an effort to bring the fruits of scholarship on Inner Asian history to a larger audience, especially to scholars and students in other disciplines. The first of these projects is Sources of Mongolian Tradition, which I am co-editing with Christopher P. Atwood, and will be published in the Introduction to Asian Civilizations Series of Columbia University Press.