Academic Council USA

   
Padmanabh S. Jaini  
Padmanabh S. Jaini
Professor P.S.Jaini is renowned amongst Indology scholars for his unique and enduring contributions in the area of Buddhist & Jain Studies. He has written large number of book and research papers in the area of Buddhist and Jain Studies. He is the author of collected papers on Jain Studies. These papers cover a wide range of topics including the Jain View of the nature of reality, the doctrine of karma, the problem of rebirth, the Idea of omniscient and the concept of salvation in Jainism. His most important work on Jainism is his world famous book "The Jaina Path of Purification". Recently he has retired as a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley.
   
Prof. Christopher Key Chapple  
Prof. Christopher Key Chapple, Ph.D., Los Angles
Professor, Theological Studies, and Associate Academic Vice President at Loyola Mary mount University, Los Angles, USA. A Distinguished scholar or Jainism, author of several books, frequent invited speaker at many Jain functions in North America & India. Active supporter of Jain causes. 
   
Dr Natubhai Shah  
Dr. Natubhai Shah, London, UK
Dr. Natubhai Shah is a retired medical practitioner, PhD in Jain religion, an academic; visiting Professor in Jain Studies in he Faculty of Comparative Religion at Antwerp a community and interfaith leader and philanthropist; responsible for creation of the beautiful Jain temple in Leicester, UK and the author of Jainism: The World of Conquerors. He was chosen as the 'Man of the Year' by the American Biographical Institute, was awarded 'Jain Ratna' by the Prime Minister of India in 2001. Secretary General of the World Council of Jain Academies. 
   
Sarah Hadmack  
Sarah Hadmack
She is a graduate student in Religious Student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, USA. Her special focus is in Jainism: asceticism, diasporic communities, temple worship, relationship to ecology, lay communities, promotion of education of Jainism in America, especially in college religious studies and comparative religion departments.
   
Hope K. Fitz  
Hope K. Fitz
is a Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Connecticut State University. She is a comparative philosopher by education, teaching and research. Her PhD is in Asian and Comparative religions. Her book, Intuition: Its Nature and Uses in Human Experience, is in is second printing. She is presently writing the first of four volumes on Ahimsa: a Way of Life. She has numerous articles published in scholarly journals and anthologies. In addition, She is the Director of the Peace Human Rights Committee at her university. 
   
Anne Vallely  
Anne Vallely
PhD is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include questions of asceticism; body, gender, death, sacrifice, violence and nonviolence, as well as that of religion and nature and human-nonhuman relations. The Jaina religio-cultural tradition in India, as well as in the diaspora, has been the primary lens through which she has explored her research interests from an anthropological perspective. Currently pursuing research on the connection in Jainism between non-violence, sacrifice and voluntary death, and working on a volume entitled “Animal Others and the Human Imagination: The Symbolic Role of the Non-Human in Human Self-Understanding.” She has recently created a new course at the University of Ottawa in affiliation with the International Summer School for Jain Studies, entitled “India Seminar: Jainism.” It will take advanced undergraduate and graduate students to India for an intensive month-long study of the academic and lived tradition of Jainism. 
   
Jagmohan Humar  
Jagmohan Humar
Distinguished Research Professor of Civil Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Published many technical papers and a book on Dynamics of Structures. Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. President of the Jain Society of Ottawa Carleton, Speaker at JAINA convention, Founder Director of a Women Empowerment Project in India, Trustee for the construction and operation of a unique outdoor “Samavsaran” replica in Udaipur.
   
Pankaj Jain  
Dr. Pankaj Jain
Dr. Pankaj Jain is the author of Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (May 2011), which won the 2012 DANAM Book Award and the 2011 Uberoi Book Award. He is an Associate Professor in the department of Anthropology and the department of Philosophy & Religion Studies at the University of North Texas where he teaches courses on religions, cultures, ecologies, and films of India and Asia. He has published articles in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews, Religion Compass, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and the Journal of Visual Anthropology. He has also contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s forum On Faith, Times of India’s Speaking Tree, and Patheos. He has received the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Fellowship in 2012 to study the cultures and sustainability initiatives in the Himalayas. He is also the director of the Eco-Dharma and Bhumi-Seva Project and is working with the Hindu and Jain temples in North America for their “greening” efforts.
   
 
Prof. Jeffery Lang University of Pennsylvania
PhD Discipline: Philosophy of Religion with concentrations in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Associate Professor of Religion & Asian Studies Chair, Department of Religious Studies Elizabethtown College. Visiting Scholar, Centre for Historical Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
   
 
Prof. Gary Francione Rutgers University NJ
Gary Francione is Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas debt Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University. He has been teaching animal rights and the law for 25 years has lectured on the topic throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
   
 
Dr. Nitin Shah

Dr. Nitin Shah is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Loma Linda University. He is also Chief of Surgical ICU at Long Beach VA Hospital. He is a trained Anesthesiologist from Vadodara, India and has worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe, New York and now in Los Angeles for last 21 years. He is involved in research and education of residents and medical students. He has lectured around the world on Pulse Oximetry – A newly developed monitoring technology.

He organizes free community health fairs in Southern California. He has held several positions in JCSC and was the President when JCSC embarked on it’s current expansion. He is the current President of Anekant Community Center who promotes culture, supports needy people, organizes medical missions nationally and internationally.

He was the co-convener of 2009 JAINA Convention that was held in Los Angeles. He has organized several international medical missions including a trip to Haiti after Earthquake with JAINA in conjunction with Actor Sean Penn.