Locklin, Reid B.

Reid Locklin
College: University of St. Michael's College, Faculty of Theology
Degrees: PhD (Boston College)
Email: reid.locklin@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-926-1300 ext 3317
Personal Website: https://utoronto.academia.edu/ReidLocklin
Teaching Category:
Regular Tenure Stream
Appointment Status:
Basic Degree


Reid B. Locklin is Associate Professor of Christianity and the Intellectual Tradition at the University of Toronto, a joint appointment with St. Michael’s College and the Department for the Study of Religion. His research focuses on a range of issues in Comparative Theology and Hindu-Christian Studies, particularly the engagement between Christian thought and the Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedanta. He is author, editor or co-editor of six books, including Liturgy of Liberation (Peeters, 2011),  Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints (SUNY, 2017), and Hindu Mission, Christian Mission (SUNY, 2024). Dr. Locklin grew up in Athens, Georgia, completed a BA in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a MTS from Boston University, and a PhD in Theology from Boston College in 2003. He has taught at the University of Toronto since 2004.

  • Specializations

    • Interreligious and Comparative Theologies
    • Hindu-Christian Studies
    • Advaita Vedanta
    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Publications

    • Editor, Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints: Selva J. Raj on “Being Catholic the Tamil Way” (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2017). – Finalist, Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies - History/Ethnography, 2013-2017 Society for Hindu-Christian Studies.
    • “Beyond Employability: Defamiliarizing Work-Integrated Learning with Community-Engaged Learning” (with H. Brabazon, J. Esmail and A. Stirling), Engaged Scholar Journal 5.3 (2019): 21-41.
    • “Polyhedral Pluralism: Pope Francis, Deep Pluralists and the Practice of Hindu-Christian Studies,” Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies 33 (2020): 15-26.
    • “Ritual and Ritualization in Hindu-Christian Relations,” in The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations, ed. Chad Bauman and Michelle Voss Roberts (New York: Routledge, 2020), 257-67.
    • “Non-Dual Conversion and Non-Dual Belonging: Trajectories of Religious Transformation in Missionary Advaita Vedānta,” in Hindu-Christian Dual Belonging: Both, Between, and Beyond, ed. Nadya Pohran and Daniel Soars (New York: Routledge, 2022), 122-39.
    • “Performance and Engagement: Reconsidering Religious Experience in Contemporary Comparative Theology,” in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Comparative Theology: A Festschrift in Honor of Francis X. Clooney, SJ, ed. Axel Takacs and Joseph Kimmel (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2023), 104-114.
    • “A Most Uncommon Task: Arvind Sharma and the Construction of Hindu Missiology,” International Journal of Hindu Studies 28.1 (2024).
    • Hindu Mission, Christian Mission: Soundings in Comparative Theology (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2024).