David Gordon White

Fellow: Awarded 2007

Field of Study: Religion

Competition: US & Canada

Website: http://www.religion.ucsb.edu/people/faculty/david-white/

David Gordon White is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Associate Research Fellow at the Centre d'Etudes de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud in Paris.  He received his Ph.D. in history of religions from the University of Chicago in 1988.  He is the author of Myths of the Dog-Man (1991); The Alchemical Body: Siddha Traditions in Medieval India ( 1996); Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in its South Asian Contexts (2003); and Sinister Yogis (2009), all published by the University of Chicago Press. He is also the editor of Tantra in Practice (Princeton UP, 2000) and  Yoga in Practice (Princeton UP, 2010). Myths of the Dog-Man was listed as one of the "Books of the Year" in the 1991 Times Literary Supplement; Kiss of the Yogini was the cover review of the Times Literary Supplement of May 21, 2001.  He has been awarded three Fulbright Fellowships for research in South Asia, in 1984, 1993, and 1999.