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Kerry Martin Skora, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Religious Studies
Director, Hiram-Bhutan Cultural Exchange Program

Kerry Martin Skora’s research focuses on the religions of India, Tibet, and Bhutan. He is the author of several articles on Abhinavagupta, the renowned exponent of the nondual Trika Śaivism of Kashmir, in which he analyzes the category of the lived body from a phenomenological perspective. His articles have been published in a variety of venues, including the International Journal of Hindu Studies and Numen: International Review for the History of Religions. Having recently returned from Bhutan as a Fulbright Scholar, he explores in his current research the relationship between ecology, space, and consciousness in the thought of the Tibetan Buddhist visionary Longchenpa.


  • B.A., Mathematics, University of Chicago
  • M.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Research Interests

Hindu and Buddhist Studies; Tantric and Shamanic Studies; Religions of India, Tibet, and Bhutan; Pilgrimage and Saints in Bhutan; Embodied Phenomenology and Radical Empiricism; Religious Studies Theory and Methodology

Selected Publications

  • “Bodily Gestures and Embodied Awarenss: Mudrā as the Bodily Seal of Being in the Trika Śaivism of Kashmir.” In The Body in South Asian Religions, eds. Barbara Holdrege and Karen Pechilis, 89-107. Stonybrook: State University of New York, 2016.
  • “The Bodily Efflorescence of Words: The Crossing of Divine-Voice and the Body-Self in Abhinavagupta’s Cosmology.” Southeast Review of Asian Studies XXXV/1 (2013): 70-89.
  • “The Hermeneutics of Touch: Uncovering Abhinavagupta’s Tactile Terrain.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 21/1 (2009): 87-106.
  • “The Pulsating Heart and Its Divine Sense-Energies: Body and Touch in Abhinavagupta’s Trika Śaivism.” Numen 54/4 (2007): 420-458.
  • “Abhinavagupta’s Erotic Mysticism: The Reconciliation of Spirit and Flesh.” International Journal of Hindu Studies 11/1 (2007): 63-88. Republished in Religion, Sexuality and Spirituality, eds. Carole Cusack and Jason Prior, London: Routledge, 2015.