Dr. Patricia Dold


Associate Professor
Head of Department



Ph.D. McMaster, 2005
M.A. University of Calgary, 1986
B.A. (Hons), University of Calgary, 1984



Office: 5005 Arts and Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-4538
Email: pdold@mun.ca

Research Interests

My research focuses on representations of females in Hindu Sanskrit texts. In particular, I study Hindu Goddess-centered narratives connected to the Kamakhya temple and pilgrimage site in Guwahati, Assam.

Current Research

I am currently developing new research on religion and violence. I am editing a special issue of the on-line journal, Religions called "On Violence: Voices and Visions from Hindu Goddess Traditions" and will be submitting an article for inclusion in it. I am also doing research relating to sexual abuse in religious institutions and I have incorporated some of that research in teaching RELS 1001, CRW in Religion and Violence.

Courses Taught

RELS 1000 Religions of the World
RELS 1001 CRW Religion and Violence
RELS 1060/1061 Sanskrit Language Study I and II
RELS 2400 Buddhism
RELS 2410 Hinduism
RELS 2415 Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism
RELS 2801 Gender and Sexualities in Asian Religions
RELS 3411 The Ramayana: A Hindu epic and performance Tradition

RELS 6120 Studies in Religious Texts

I have offered specialized graduate level courses in Sanskrit Epics, Tantra, Women in Hinduism, and Post-colonial interpretations of South Asian Religion.

Student Supervision

M.A. Theses

Amoah, Harriet (MGS in progress; co-supervised with Eric Tenkorang (Sociology)). Research topic: Ghanaian Women's understanding of Intimate Partner Violence in Child Marriage.

Keating, David (MA 2016). Inside Muller's Workshop: Max Muller's Collaboration with Nanjo Bun'yu and Kasahara Kenju on the Translation of Buddhist Texts from Japan.

Russell, Caitlin (in progress). Research topic: Understandings of the Widow in the St. John’s Hindu Community.

Anyemedu, Akua (MGS 2016; co-supervised with Eric Tenkorang (Sociology)).  Knowledge and perceptions of Domestic Violence Services among Women in Ghana.

Hughes, Micheline (MA 2014). Scapegoat, Sacrifice, or Saviour: An Examination of the Outsider in the Mahabharata.

Ford, Jessica (MA 2012). Fire: The Elemental Nature of Draupadi.

Select Publications


  • “Divine Domesticities in Hindu Theism: Introduction,” Religious Studies and Theology: Special Issue on Hinduism 33:1:1-6.


  • "Re-imagining Religious History through Women's Song Performance at the Kamakhya Temple Site." In Reimagining South Asian Religions: Essays in Honor of Professors Harold G. Coward and Ronald W. Neufeldt. Eds: Michael Hawley and Pashaura Singh. Leiden: Brill. 133-154.


  • "Pilgrimage to Kamakhya through text and lived religion: Some forms of the Goddess at an Assamese Temple Site." in Hinduism in Practice. Ed: Hillary Peter Rodrigues. London: Routledge. 46-61.

Recent Presentations


  • with Gemma Hickey, MGS student "Field Notes: Gemma and Pat Visit the Vatican. Text and Context Symposium, VII, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University.


  • “Limiting Religion: The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Decision in John Doe v. The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s,” Text and Context Symposium VI, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University.
  • “Claiming Text and Voice: Women’s Hymns and the Kamakhya Temple Site, Assam India,” Silenced Voices Speak: A Panel Discussion, Suncor Energy Hall, Memorial University.


  • “A Tantric Bhakti: Mahavidya Nam of Women Residents of the Kamakhya Temple Site,” Text and Context Symposium, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University.



Department of Religious Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000