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Daniel Capper

Dr. Daniel Capper Jr

Full Professor


Daniel Capper, Ph.D., is a specialist within religious studies on Buddhism, science, and the environment. With degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago, he has published the books , , and . Over time he has undertaken ethnographic field work among Tibetan, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Thai Buddhists, as well as among Vaishnava Hindus and at various Groundhog Day festivities. At USM he has taught courses in Buddhism, Religion and Animals, Religions of India, Comparative Religion, Tibetan Religions, Native American Religions, and Religion and Healing. He also has led study abroad programs in Jamaica, Tibet, and India. Currently he is working on a research project regarding American Buddhist environmental ethics in space, as evidenced by his Buddhism and Space Environments web site.

  • PHD - University of Chicago (2000)
  • MA - University of Virginia (1987)
  • BA - University of Virginia (1984)

Comparative Religion
Tibetan Religions
Native American Religions
Religion and Animals
Religions of India
Religion and Healing
Mysticism (Capstone course)
Religion in India (study abroad)
Religion in Tibet (study abroad)
Religions of the Caribbean (study abroad)

  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • Tibetan (Professional Working)
  • French (Limited Working)
  • German (Limited Working)
  • Japanese (Limited Working)
  • Chinese (Limited Working)
  • Hindi (Limited Working)

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Areas of Expertise

Buddhism, religion and the environment, social scientific study of religion