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Graham M. Schweig, PhD

Distinguished Research & Teaching Fellow

Consortial Faculty
(757) 881-9166

Dr. Schweig is Distinguished Research and Teaching Fellow at the Center for Dharma Studies. Schweig joined the faculty of Christopher Newport University in the fall of 2000. Prior to coming to CNU, he was a teaching fellow at Harvard University, lecturer at University of North Carolina and Duke University, and while teaching at CNU, he was for two years, Visiting Associate Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Virginia. He has been recognized several times for excellence in teaching, including the annual Alumni Faculty Award for Teaching and Mentoring (2013), and has been a regularly invited lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for over ten years. He has also given lectures widely in the US and in Europe, and has been invited to be a consultant on doctoral dissertation committees or a doctoral dissertation examiner in the US, Europe, India, and Australia. He has conducted yoga workshops, offered seminars and given lectures around the US and Europe for over 20 years. In addition to his academic endeavors, Dr. Schweig has been a student of many traditional teachers of yoga. He has travelled to India seven times, and has been a practitioner of traditional and heart-centered yoga for over 45 years.

Degrees and Certifications

Ph D in Comparative Religion, Harvard University

ThM in Religion, Harvard University

MTS in Religion, Harvard University

MA in Religion, University of Chicago

BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, American University

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Hinduism and the Religions of India
  • Yoga Philosophy and Sacred Sanskrit Literature
  • Love Mysticisms
  • Comparative Religion and Theology
  • Translation of classical Sanskrit poetic and Sutra texts with commentary
  • Interreligious theological connections, especially between Hindu Bhakti and Catholic mystical traditions
  • Interfaith dialogue
  • Hindu and Christian Comparative theology
  • Religious pluralism
Academic Committees and Boards

Senior Editor, Journal of Vaishnava Studies. 


Selected Publications
  • Bhagavad Gītā: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song, Harper Collins, 2010.
  • Dance of Divine Love: The Rāsa Līlā of Krishna from the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, India's Classic Sacred Love Story, Princeton University Press, 2005.
  • A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti: Essential Teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Hinduism and the Religions of India
  • Yoga Philosophy and Sacred Sanskrit Literature
  • Love Mysticisms
  • Comparative Religion and Theology
  • Interfaith Dialogue
Courses Taught
  • The Gita: Secret Song of Love
  • Yoga: Psychology & Philosophy