CLAREMONT (California): Claremont Lincoln University, which launched its Center for Sikh Studies in February, has appointed Brianne Donaldson as its director.
A scholar of the spiritual traditions of India, process philosopher, and activist, she will be assistant professor of Jain and Sikh Studies and Director of the Center for Jain Studies as well, the university said in a press release.
Currently, an instructor in India religions and the Coordinator for Dharma Traditions at the university, Donaldson has been instrumental in building courses and programs in Indian thought and establishing Sikh and Jain concentrations for its graduate students.
Her teaching and research focus on the spiritual traditions of India, process thought, post-structuralism, and Critical Animal Studies.
University provost Philip Clayton said, “Professor Donaldson is already a widely published scholar whose work bridges traditional gaps between theory and practice in creative new ways. She is a well-known advocate of experiential learning and compassionate activism. We are deeply grateful to our Jain and Sikh partners for their generous gifts, which have made it possible to hire a scholar-activist of Dr. Donaldson’s quality.”
Reacting to her new appointment, Donaldson said, “I am deeply honored to accept this position and energized to continue working with our partners to achieve their vision for Jain Studies and Sikh Studies at Claremont Lincoln.”
She received her B.A. from Goshen College in Bible, Religion, and Philosophy; M.A. from Associated Mennonite Seminary in Theology and Ethics; and her Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University in Process Studies.
In the coming academic year, she will offer Claremont’s first “Introduction to Sikhism” course, hosting numerous guest lecturers from the Sikh community.
She will also offer two intensive Jain Studies courses: “Chanting, Social Change, and the Traditions of India,” and “Vegan/Vegetarian Nonviolence: Ahimsa in Theory and Practice.”