Prof. Vanessa R. Sasson
Vanessa R. Sasson is a professor of Religious Studies in the Liberal and Creative Arts and Humanities Department at Marianopolis College, where she has been teaching since 1999. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-931-8792 ext. 376.
- (2013) Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions. Edited by Vanessa R. Sasson. New York: Oxford University Press.
- (2009) Imagining the Fetus: The Unborn in Myth, Religion and Culture. Edited by Vanessa R. Sasson and Jane Marie Law. New York: Oxford University Press.
- (2007) The Birth of Moses and the Buddha: A Paradigm for the Comparative Study of Religions. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.
- Yasodhara: A Novel about the Buddha’s Wife. New Delhi: Speaking Tiger, 2018
- (2016) “Yasodharā.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism. Ed. Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press.
- (2015) Metcalf, Franz & Vanessa R. Sasson. “Introduction: Tensions Between Families and Religious Institutions.” Journal of Global Buddhism 16, 102-106.
- (2015) “Divining the Buddha’s Arrival.” Religion Compass 9.6, 173-181.
- (2014) Metcalf, Franz & Vanessa R. Sasson. “Buddhist Views of Childhood.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Edited by Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press (online publication).
- (2014) “Roundtable on Pedagogy: Renunciation as Pedagogy.”Journal of the American Academy of Religion 82.2, pp. 313-328.
- (2014) “Roundtable on Pedagogy: Power in the Classroom: A Rejoinder.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 82.2, pp. 365-370.
- (2014) “Buddhism and Children.” Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal 38, pp. 593-599.
- (2012) “A Call for Jewish-Buddhist Studies.” Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies 12: 7-18.
- (2010) “Peeling Back the Layers: Female Higher Ordination in Sri Lanka.” Buddhist Studies Review 27.1, pp. 77-84.
- (2008) “The Many Faces of the Buddha.” Journal for Semitics 17.2, pp. 329-343.
- (2007) “Politics of Higher Ordination for Women of Sri Lanka: Discussions with Silmatas.” Journal for the Study of Religion 20.7, pp. 57-71.
- (2007) “Beauty Queens and Fetal Containers: Jewish and Buddhist Mothers in the Early Literatures.” Journal for Semitics 16.2, pp. 351-368.
- (1999) “Compassion in Buddhism and Judaism: A Comparative Study.” ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University.
PEER-REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS
- (2017) “Children as Stepping Stones, Children as Heroes: Contrasting Two Buddhist Narratives.” Pages 41-49 in The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood. Edited by Anna Strhan, Stephen G. Parker and Susan Ridgely. New York: Bloomsbury.
- (2017) “Conveying Buddhism in the Classroom: Working with Assumptions on Family and Children.” Pages 237-250 in Teaching Buddhism: New Insights on Understanding & Presenting the Traditions. Edited by Todd Lewis and Gary Angelis. New York: Oxford University Press.
- (2014) “Two Aspects of Exodus through a Buddhist Lens.” Pages 57-59 in Global Perspectives on the Bible. Edited by Mark Ronace and Joseph Weaver. Boston: Pearson.
- (2013) “Maya’s Disappearing Act: Motherhood in Early Buddhist Literature.” Pages 147-68 in Family in Buddhism. Edited by Liz Wilson. New York: SUNY.
- (2009) “Introduction: Restoring Nuance to the Imagination of the Fetus.” Pages 1-13 in Imagining the Fetus: The Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture. Edited by Vanessa R. Sasson and Jane Marie Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- (2009) “A Womb With A View: The Buddha’s Final Fetal Experience.” Pages 102-129 in Imagining the Fetus: The Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture. Edited by Vanessa R. Sasson and Jane Marie Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- (2008) “Teaching Death & Dying in the Context of Religious Studies.” Pages 49-61 in Teaching Death & Dying. Edited by Christopher M. Moreman. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- (2006) “Without Raising her Fist or Even her Voice: Shiphrah, Puah & Gotamī’s Non-Violent Resistance to Injustice.” Pages 63-79 in Religion, Terrorism and Globalization. Nonviolence: A New Agenda. Edited by K. K. Kuriakose. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
- (2008) “Reclaiming the Comparative Method: Moses and the Buddha as a Case Study.” The SBL FORUM (online journal; November 2008).
- (2007) “On Conflict: Teaching Ground.” Tricycle: The Buddhist Review 16.4, pp. 86-89.
- (2007) “The Elusive Magic of Water in World Religions.” Geoscope 38.1.
- (2005) “Thus Has She Heard: Encounters with the Female Renunciants of Sri Lanka.” Feature article. Dharmalife 25, pp. 44-47.
- (1996) “Girl-Trafficking in Sindhupalchowk: A Witness Account.” The WHO Nepal Magazine .
- (2011) John Powers. A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism. Journal of Buddhist Ethics 18, pp. 66-70.
- (2009) Shera Aranoff Tuchmann and Sandra E. Rappaport. Moses’ Women. Jersey City: KTAV, 2008. “Women of the Midrashic Imagination.” H-Judaic (online journal; January 2009).
- (2008) Monica Lindberg Falk. Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand. Journal of Buddhist Ethics 15, pp. 81-85.
- (2002) Phil Cousineau. Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times. ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University.
- (2001) David Noel Freedman and Michael J. McClymond, eds. The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus and Muhammad as Religious Founders. ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University).
- (2001) Steven Collins. Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities: Utopias of the Pali Imaginaire.” ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University.
In addition to teaching at Marianpolis, Prof. Sasson is a Research Fellow for the International Institute for Studies in Race, Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State in South Africa, as well as Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University.
Trained as a scholar of comparative religion, she increasingly focuses her energies in Buddhist studies with particular emphasis on hagiography, gender, and children and childhoods.