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Timothy S. Dobe

Associate Professor
Department Chair of Religious Studies


Professor Dobe teaches courses on Hinduism, Bollywood and religion, Gandhi, Global Christianity and Sufism. His research focuses on comparing religions, traditions of sainthood and asceticism, and the history of western imperialism, religious pluralism and modernization.  His book about Hindu and Christian holy men (faqirs) of colonial north India is due out within the year. He is also the proud father of Cyrus and Atticus, his robust sons.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3228


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On-Campus Address: 

310 Steiner Hall
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

B.A. - University of New Hampshire
M. Div. - Princeton Theological Seminary
Th.D. - Harvard Divinity School

Courses Taught: 

Hinduism, Sufism, Indian film and religion Gandhi Major Asian Religions

Primary Academic Interest: 

methods of comparison of religions
asceticism and colonialism

Curriculum Vitae/Resume: 

Department Chair: 

Religious Studies