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Thom Wolf, DLitt (GCU), PhD (Andrews University), professor of global studies
University Institute, New Delhi India

DR THOM is a life member, Indian Sociological Society; sustaining fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology; fellow, American Anthropological Association; and has been a contributing editor, Forward Press, India’s first fully bilingual (Hindi-English) news magazine. His involvements in Southeast, Central, and South Asia include:

  • 2005: Plenary lecture, First International Buddhist Conference. Dr. Ambedkar institute of Social and Economic Change. Mumbai, India.
  • 2007: Author, “Three Challenges for Buddhism of the 21st Century” 29-48, in Bhalchandra Mungékar and Aakash Singh Rathore (editors), Buddhism in the Contemporary World: An Ambedkarian Perspective. New Delhi: Bookwell.
  • 2007: Chair, ‘International Practices of Buddhism’ Session, 2550th Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha, International Conference at Bodhgaya, India, birthplace of Buddhism. A Conference of the Government of India, Ministry of Culture, 4-7 March.
  • 2009: Author, “Mahayana Buddhism: Tipping Point Buddhism” 70-102, in B. Mungekar (editor), Buddhism and the 21st Century. New Delhi: Government of India & Nava Nalanda Mahavihara University. 2010: Tibetan translation, by CHOK Tenzin Monlam, PhD; the Dalai Lama’s translator and Head, Translation and Research, Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Dharamsala, India.
  • 2012: International consultant, Roger Hedlund, Jesudas Athyal, Joshua Kalapati, and Jessica Richard (editors), The Oxford Encyclopaedia of South Asian Christianity. 2 volumes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2014: Plenary Lecture, National Seminar ‘Globalization & Social Development in India’. Indian Council of Social Science Research, Indian Institute of Public Administration. New Delhi: Ministry of HRD Government of India.
  • 2015: Research consultation, Dr. Prakrupalad Uthai Kamchum, professor of Buddhist studies, Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 14-16 August.
  • 2015 – 2021: Visiting research professor, National Institute of Social Work And Social Sciences (NISWASS),

Bhubaneswar, India; and Tirpude Institute of Management Education, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, India. Writing on the caste system, Jotirao and Savitribai Phule, cultural geo-lifezones, and development and social change, his lectures and presentations include the departments of philosophy, business, education, sociology, anthropology, leadership and political science with Indiana U, Baylor U, U of Mary Hardin-Baylor, U of Texas, Art Institute of SF, California State U LA, Syracuse U, Columbia U, Yale U, Harvard U, American U UAE, Beijing Cultural U, Delhi U, Jamia Millia Islamia U, JNU, Kabul U, Quaid-i-Azam U Islamabad; Tyndale U College Toronto, Urban Life Intrnl Vancouver, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Budget & Treasury Academy Moscow – Russian Federation Ministry of Finance, and National U of Singapore. His works have been translated into Chinese, Thai, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Arabic, Dari, Nepali, Spanish, German, Russian, Greek, and Turkish.

From India, Dr Thom’s publications include: https://www.academia.edu/38717251/Progress_Prone_and_Progress; The Global Conversation: Euro-NAfrica-MidEast Prague 2002; India Progress-Prone 2008; Phule: His Own Words 2011, in Hindi and Marathi; Switzerland & Nepal 2012; and WV3 Geo Lifezones 2015.

Since India: “Development & the Indian Social System” Comparative Civilizations Review 2016; “Religious Nonfreedoms Traditions & Lack of Universal Education in the Indian Social System” in Religious Liberty & the Law Routledge 2018; “India’s Education Problems: Phule’s Critique” at Indian Social Institute New Delhi 2018; with P. Copan, “Another Dimension of the Moral Argument” Routledge 2020; and “Resources and Researchers: Short Commentaries on Listening to Emic and Etic Voices” Society for Applied Anthropology (https://www.appliedanthro.org/publications/news/august-2020/researchers-and-resources) 2020.

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Contact: drthom@universityinstitute.in or wolft@andrews.edu

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