Jeffery D. Long

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Jeffery D. Long (born 1969) is a professor of religion and Asian studies at Elizabethtown College. He is associated with the Vedanta Society, DĀNAM (the Dharma Academy of North America) and the Hindu American Foundation.[1][2] A major theme of Long's work is religious pluralism, a topic he approaches from a perspective informed by the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and which he refers to as a "Hindu process theology."[3]

He has written books on Jainism and Hinduism.[4][5]


Long graduated with a BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1991. He received his MA and PhD at the University of Chicago in 1993 and 2000, respectively.[6]


Long has authored three books, A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism, Jainism: An Introduction, and The Historical Dictionary of Hinduism.[7][8][9] He has had articles published in Prabuddha Bharata, The Journal of Religion, Science and Spirit, and Creative Transformation, among others.[10] Long also contributed to the Hindu American Foundation's "Hyperlink to Hinduphobia: Online Hatred, Extremism and Bigotry Against Hindus", writing that even "[t]hough it is less well known in [the United States], anti-Hindu bigotry is every bit as ugly and dangerous as anti-Semitism or racism, and every bit as present on the Internet.[11]

Long has published and presented a number of articles and papers on Hinduism and Hindu identity. He helped organize various portions of the 6th DANAM conference of the Dharma Association of North America in 2008; specifically, he was responsible for the Book Review: Review of Yoga Books and The 'H-Word': Non-Indian Practitioners and the Question of Hindu Identity sessions. Long also presided over the DĀNAM Business Meeting and Call for Papers session. He presented at the same conference; his presentation was titled Hindu-To Be or Not To Be: Three Possible Reasons for Aversion to the Term 'Hindu' among Western Practitioners.[12] Other presentation forums include the Association for Asian Studies, the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and the American Academy of Religion.[13]

Long lent his expertise to the Hindu American Foundation during their lawsuit against the California Board of Education.[14]

In 2018, Long received the Hindu American Foundation's Dharma Seva Award "for his efforts to help mainstream Americans understand Hinduism in academia and public schools."[15]



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  1. Long, Jeffery D. (2007). A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism. I.B.Tauris. pp. 17-20. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-1-84511-273-8
  2. "Elizabethtown College -Directory" [archive].<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Long, Jeffery D. (2007). A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism. I.B.Tauris. pp. 59-100. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css" />ISBN 978-1-84511-273-8
  4. Jeffery D. Long (2009). Jainism: An Introduction [archive]. I. B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84511-626-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Jeffery D. Long (2011). Historical Dictionary of Hinduism [archive]. Scarecrow. ISBN 978-0-8108-7960-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Elizabethtown College -Directory" [archive].<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Long, Jeffery D. (2011-09-09). Historical Dictionary of Hinduism [archive]. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-7960-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Long, Jeffery D. (23 January 2007). A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism [archive]. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9781845112738 – via Google Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Long, Jeffery D. (1 January 2008). "Truth, Diversity, and the Incomplete Project of Modern Hinduism". In Sherma, Rita D.; Sharma, Arvind (eds.). Hermeneutics and Hindu Thought: Toward a Fusion of Horizons [archive]. Springer Netherlands. pp. 179 [archive]–209. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-8192-7_10 [archive]. ISBN 978-1-4020-8191-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Book Presents Hinduism as "˜Universal' Religion" [archive].<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. " - CBSi" [archive].<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[permanent dead link]
  12. "Hindu-To Be or Not To Be: Three Possible Reasons for Aversion to the Term 'Hindu' among Western Practitioners" [archive] (PDF).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  14. "California textbook controversy over Hindu history" [archive]. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Hindu American Foundation holds gala, policy conference in Washington, D.C." [archive] 2018-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Gough, Ellen (March 2010). Religious Studies Review. 36 (1): 97–97. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0922.2010.01412_4.x [archive].CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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