Assistant Professor of Jain and Sikh Studies
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Donaldson's teaching and research focus on the spiritual traditions of India, Jain ethics and metaphysics, process thought, post-secular ecologies, and critical animal studies. An advocate of experiential learning and compassionate activism, she advances the creation of concepts and practical experiments of expansive co-feeling adequate to the dynamic world with which we live, move, and have our intra-active becomings. One of her primary aims is to rethink "animals" (and all material entities) as world- and karma-shaping partners.
She was previously an instructor in Indian traditions and Coordinator of Dharma Traditions at Claremont Lincoln University and has been instrumental in building courses and programs in Indian thought, and establishing the Jain and Sikh concentrations for graduate students. She also taught philosophy and Indian thought for undergraduates at University of La Verne.
B.A. Bible, Religion, and Philosophy, Goshen College
M.A. Theology and Ethics, Associated Mennonite Seminary
M.A. Religion, Claremont Lincoln University
Ph.D. Religion/Process Studies, Claremont Lincoln University
Sanskrit, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia National University
Alumna, International School for Jain Studies
Recent Publications / Achievements
In progress: "Creaturely Cosmologies: Why Metaphysics Matter for Animal and Planetary Liberation"
2013 “Bad with Names: Replacing “Animal” with Whitehead’s Insistent Particularity of Bodies,” in Process Studies Journal 42.2 (Fall 2013). Pending publication.
2013 “Does Whitehead Have a Theory of Mourning?: A Response to Butler’s Inquiry” in Beyond Superlatives:
Regenerating Whitehead's Philosophy of Experience, eds. Hollis Phelps, J. R. Hustwit, and Roland Faber (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Pending Publication.
2011 “Faith of an Abhavya: Kundakunda’s Unlikely Dialectic for Contemporary Jain Science” in Sramana: A Quarterly Research Journal of Jainology, Vol. 63, No. 1 (Jan.-March 2011).
2010 "Discourse First, Cages Second: A New Locus for Animal Liberation" in Between the Species: An Online Journal for the Study of Philosophy and Animals. Volume 10.
2010 “They Will Know We Are Process Thinkers By Our…: Finding Whitehead’s Ecological Ethic Through the Lens of Ecofeminism and Jainism,” in Polydoxy: Theologies of the Manifold, eds. Catherine Keller and Laurel Schneider (New York: Routledge Press, 2010).