Religion in

James Apple
Asian Religions
office: 348-8511
office hours: M/W 12:00-12:50

Jonathan Z. Smith (l) and Jim Apple, just prior to Smith's guest lecture in Apple's REL 100, on September 24, 2003

For more on Prof. Smith's visit to the UA campus, click here

Read about a "Religion in Culture" lecture delivered by Prof Apple: "The Stone Mandalas of Bodh Gaya"



Dr. James Apple, who taught full-time in the Department for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters of 2003 as a replacement for Prof. Kurtis Schaeffer, remained in Tuscaloosa during the Spring and Interim 2004 semesters, teaching courses for Religious Studies, History, International Honors, and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative Program.

Dr. Apple studied Tibetan language and literature at Indiana University, earning a B.A. in Religious Studies in 1993. In 2001 he was awarded his Ph.D. in the Languages & Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He taught Sanskrit for two years while completing his preliminary studies, served as lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, taught Buddhist Philosophy and Elementary Tibetan for the Antioch College Buddhist Studies program in Bodh Gaya, India, and served as Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies for Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

His dissertation, entitled "Twenty Varieties of the Samgha: Tsong kha pa, Soteriology, and Exegesis," focused on soteriological typologies in Indo-Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist scholasticism.

During the Spring and Fall of 2003, Prof. Apple was employed as a full-time Instructor, teaching Introduction to Religious Studies, REL210 (Buddhism), REL 220 (Asian Religions).

In June 2004, Jim left Tuscaloosa for a position in Religious Studies at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.