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Associate Professor

John Nemec

University of Virginia

John Nemec is Associate Professor of Indian Religions and South Asian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since the fall of 2004.

Nemec has studied religion at the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.), Oxford University (M.Phil.), the University of California at Santa Barbara (M.A.), and at the University of Rochester (B.A.).

He was a Fulbright Scholar to India in 2002-2003.

The author of dozens of articles, reviews, and other publications, Nemec’s first book is titled The Ubiquitous Siva (Oxford University Press), which includes a critical edition, annotated translation, and detailed introductory exposition of a previously untranslated, seminal philosophical work and its commentary, both of which were written in Sanskrit in the Kashmir Valley around AD 900-1000. He is currently working on two additional books.

Nemec has won frequent recognition for his teaching, most notably the prestigious Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award in 2011, a University-wide teaching prize that is presented to only one assistant professor at the University of Virginia each academic year.

An avid traveler who grew up racing sailboats on Long Island Sound and in the Atlantic Ocean, Nemec has spent the better part of a decade living outside the United States in Canada, Europe, and on the Indian subcontinent. He looks forward to the unique opportunity to travel with students on the fall 2015 voyage of Semester at Sea.