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Eliot Davenport

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia - PhD Religious Studies (in progress)
    Dissertation: "Buddhist Philosophy & the Construction of Social Kinds"
  • Harvard Divinity School - MTS
  • Texas A&M University - BS Civil Engineering

Research Interests

Premodern Indian (Hindu and Buddhist) philosophy, Buddhist logic and epistemology, Buddhist philosophy of mind, Yogācāra, Mīmāṃsā, Feminist philosophy, Social Metaphysics, philosophy of language, queer theory, gender studies, trans* studies, Hindu Epic literature

Comprehensive Exams

South Asian Buddhism, Hinduism & Hindu Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Queer Theory

Courses Taught 

  • Instructor of Record - The Hindu Epics
  • Graduate Assistant - Hoos Getting Ready
  • Teaching Assistant - Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy
  • Teaching Assistant - Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions
  • Teaching Assistant - Hinduism
  • Teaching Assistant - Buddhist Meditation and the Modern Secular World
  • Teaching Assistant - New Testament and Early Christianity


Sanskrit, Hindi, German