UMass Boston

Shaman Hatley

Asian Studies
Department Chairman
Wheatley Hall Floor 06

Areas of Expertise

Asian religions, Hinduism, Sanskrit, tantric studies, Śaivism, yoga, Hindu goddess traditions, medieval India


PhD, The University of Pennsylvania (2007)

Additional Information

Shaman Hatley's research focuses on the tantric or esoteric traditions of medieval India, especially Tantric Shaivism, and on the premodern history of Yoga. He completed his PhD in 2007 at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Harunaga Isaacson, after which he taught at Concordia University, Montréal, until 2014. His publications concern goddess cults, yoga, tantric ritual, and the technical terminology of the Śaiva tantras. Currently, he is preparing a monograph on the Yoginī cults of early medieval India, and a multi-volume study and critical edition of the Brahmayāmalatantra, one of the earliest surviving works of Śaiva tantric literature focused upon goddesses. His teaching spans the history, philosophy, and practices of Hinduism, religions of Southern Asia, ritual studies, comparative religion, and religion and the performing arts.


Professor Hatley's Publications