Dr. James Madaio


  • Indian philosophical traditions, particularly Advaita Vedānta
  • Historiography and genealogy of modern Hindu movements
  • Indic theories of self, pedagogy, and hermeneutics
  • Cross-cultural philosophy and dialogue
2016. Ph.D.: University of Manchester, Religions and Theology Department
2006. M.A. University of Philosophical Research, Consciousness Studies Department
2002. B.A.  University of Maryland, Philosophy Department
2002. B.A. University of Maryland, History Department 
2016- Research Fellow, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
2015- Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford
2015-2016. Post-doctoral Fellow, New Europe College, Bucharest
2006-2009. Research Associate, Center for Heritage Resource Studies, University of Maryland
2002-2006. Research Assistant, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland


Fellowships, Editorships and Steering Committees
  • 2018-          Regional Editor (Indic traditions), Bloomsbury Introductions to World Philosophies (book series)
  • 2017-          Associate Editor, Journal of Hindu Studies, Oxford University Press
  • 2017           Shivdasani Visiting Fellow (Hilary Term), Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, University of Oxford
  • 2016-2019  DANAM Academic Steering Committee Memberfor panels at the AAR


GACR: The transnational entanglements of global Hinduism (21-31380S). 

  • 2019. Lecturer, Ancient and Classical Indian Religious Traditions, Department of Asian Studies, Charles University
  • 2013. Co-Lecturer, Indian Philosophy, University of Manchester 
  • 2012. Graduate Teaching Assistant, Religion in Modern South Asian History, University of Manchester
  • 2005-2007. Co-Lecturer, World Religions, Honors Department, University of Maryland 
Research and language study
  • Dec 2012-March 2013. Affiliated Research Scholar, Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, Chennai, India
  • 2009-2010, 2010-2011. Sanskrit Language Program, American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) at Deccan College, Pune, India
Selected Papers/Presentations  
  • 2019. “A hermeneutics of happiness in medieval Advaita Vedānta”. DANAM panel at the American Academy of Religion (AAR). San Diego, California, U.S.
  • 2018. “The Narrative Shape of Orthopraxy: Advaita Vedāntin renunciates at the Early Vijayanagara Kingdom”. The 17th World Sanskrit Conference (International Association for Sanskrit Studies). University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2017. “Embodied Conditioning and Dialogical Subjectivity: A Constructive Reading of Latent Tendencies as a Multiplicity of I-positions”. The 50th Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference. Pedagogical University of Cracow, Kraków, Poland.
  • 2017. “Questioning oneself through another: Investigative reasoning in the pedagogical dialogues of the Yogavāsiṣṭha”. The 14th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies in Israel. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 2017. “Narrative Selves and Embodied Conditioning: Advaitin Techniques for waking up in the saṃsāric story”. Lectures of the Shivdasani Visiting Fellow. Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
  • 2016. “Gnosis as Samādhi? Vidyāraṇya’s integration of yogic praxis with Advaita Vedāntic gnoseology”. Yoga darśana, Yoga Sādhana: International Academic Conference (Modern Yoga Research group), Jagiellonian University. Kraków, Poland.
  • 2016. “Making the Implicit, Explicit: Emplotment as Saṃsāra and Soteriological Method in Advaita Vedānta”. Early Modern Hindu Theology Seminar Series, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.    
  • 2016. “Scriptural Hermeneutics and Narrative Examples in Advaita Vedānta: The Reading of Stories to Determine dharma’”. 41st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions. St. Michael’s College. Cardiff, U.K.
  • 2015. “The saṃnyāsin’s path to liberation: sādhana in medieval Advaita Vedānta’. DANAM panel at the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 2013. “Retrieving Medieval Voices: Swami Vivekananda and the problematic alterity of “Neo’-Vedānta”’. DANAM panel at the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Baltimore, Maryland.  
  • 2013. “Advaita Vedānta at the Threshold of the Modern Period: Vidyāraṇya and the framing of soteriology’. 30th Annual Sanskrit Tradition in the Modern World (STIMW), University of Manchester. Manchester, UK.
  • 2013. “Transcending Karma: Embodiment and Liberation in the Jīvanmuktiviveka”. Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion. Kolkata, India.
  • Forthcoming. ‘Transparent smoke in the pure sky of consciousness: emotions and liberation-while-living in the Jīvanmuktiviveka’. Chapter in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Classical Indian Emotions, eds. Maria Heim, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Roy Tzohar (London: Bloomsbury).
  • 2020 (in print). “Neglected Advaitas: The Genealogy of Swami Vivekananda’s Cosmopolitan Theology” chapter 11 in Vivekananda: His Life, Legacy and Relevance, ed. Rita Sherma (Lanham: Lexington Books).
  • 2019. “Liberation and Hindu Studies” in The Journal of Hindu Studies 12.1: 1–11.
  • 2019. “Transformative dialogue in the Yogavāsiṣṭha”. Chapter 6 in In Dialogue with Classical Indian Traditions: Encounter, Transformation, and Interpretation, eds. Brian Black and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (London: Routledge).
  • 2018. "The Instability of Non-dual Knowing: Post-gnosis sādhana in Vidyāraṇya’s Advaita Vedānta" in Journal of Dharma Studies 1(1): 11-30.
  • 2017. “Rethinking Neo-Vedānta: Swami Vivekananda and the Selective Historiography of Advaita Vedānta” in Religions 8:6.
  • 2016. Book Review of Engaged Emancipation: Mind, Morals, and Make-Believe in the Mokṣopāya  Yogavāsiṣṭha), eds., Christopher Key Chapple and Arindam Chakrabarti in Journal of South Asian Studies 32:1 2016.
  • 2014. Book Review of Classical Indian Philosophy: A Reader, ed. Deepak Sarma. Contemporary South Asia 22 (1): 110.
  • 2013. Book Review of Hindu and Buddhist Ideas in Dialogue: Self and No-Self, eds. Irina Kuznetsova, Jonardon Ganeri,  Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, et al. (Surrey: Ashgate, 2012) in Journal of Hindu Studies 6:3: 391-393.
  • 2010. “The Shinto Religion”, chapter 11 in The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race: An Introduction to the World’s Religions, Suheil Bushrui, et al.(Oxford: Oneworld Publications), 239-259.
  • 2010. “The Religious Traditions of Ancient Greece”, chapter 4 in The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race:  An Introduction to the World’s Religions, Suheil Bushrui, et al.(Oxford: Oneworld Publications), 94-121.