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Dr. Ronald M. Davidson

Professor of Religious Studies
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  • Delivered Keynote addresses at international conferences on tantrism at the University of Colorado (2009), the University of California, Berkeley (2014), and the Society for Tantric Studies (2016).
  • 21st Century Humanities Institute Fellow, 2012.
  • Fairfield University Faculty Recognition Award for Extraordinary Excellence in Research and Scholarship, 2010.
  • Elected Religious Studies Departmental Scholar, 2008-09.
  • The Organization of a Panel of seven scholars at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, “An Evaluation of Ronald M. Davidson’s Indian Esoteric Buddhism: A Social History of the Tantric Movement”, 2003.


  • Ryukoku University Numata Fellow, 2011.
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, 2010-2011.
  • National Endownment for the Humanities Fellow, 2010-2011.
  • Robert Wall Senior Research Award, 2004.
  • Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to India, 1996-97.
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellow, 1988.
  • Fulbright Junior Research Fellow, Sampurnand Sanskrit University, Varanasi India, 1983-84


  • "Literature on the Buddha’s Coronal Mark: A Study of Seventh Century Tantric Documents." Fairfield Summer Research Stipend, 2009
  • "Travel to Uttarkhand pilgrimage sites." Fairfield Research grant, 2004.
  • American Academy of Religion, Grant for Epigraphic Research in India, 2001.
  • ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Research Fellowship to Nepal, 2000.
  • Humanities Insitute travel grant: travel to archives in South Asia, 1999.

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