Luke Whitmore

Associate Professor


Ph.D. - West and South Asian Religions, Emory University
M.T.S. - World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
B.A. - Classical Languages (Greek and Latin), Haverford College
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Luke Whitmore is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He received his M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School in 1999 and his Ph.D. in West and South Asian Religions from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University in 2010.  He maintains interests in geography, phenomenology, place, pilgrimage, Shaivism, Himalayan studies, anthropology of religion, South Asian religions, Hinduism, Judaism, ecology, development, myth, and visual culture. His recent book Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2018) examines how people have experienced the Himalayan Hindu shrine of Kedarnath before and after the disastrous flooding of 2013. 

Select Publications

Mountain, Water, Rock, God: Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2018):

"Kedarnath" in Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism (2018):*-COM_1010069046

"Conversations about Changes in Ritual Practice at the Himalaya Hindu Shrine of Kedarnath." in Ritual Innovation: Strategic Interventions in South Asian Religion, eds. Allocco and Pennington (SUNY, 2018):

"In the Mountains of Radical Juxtaposition: Kedarnath at the Beginning of a New Millennium" in Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya, eds. Birkenholtz and Sijapati (Routledge, 2016):

"In the Aftermath of the Himalayan Tsunami," July 5, 2013, in Religion Dispatches:

"God's Gateway: Identity and Meaning in a Hindu Pilgrimage Place" by James Lochtefeld. Review for Oxford Journal of Hindu Studies. Vol. 5, No. 3, Sept. 2012.

"The Challenges of Representing Shiva: Image, Place and Divine Presence in the Himalayan Hindu Shrine of Kedarnath" in Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. Vol. 8, Number 2, June 2012:

"God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas" by William S. Sax. Review for International Journal of Hindu Studies (December, 2010).

"Reflections on Intersections: An Introduction to the Ethnography and Theology Issue of Practical Matters." Co-authored with Lerone Martin (June, 2010):
















Contact Information



Office: CCC 417

Courses Taught


Religion 101

Religions of Asia

Religion 202

Introduction of the Study of Religion

Religion 321

Researching Religion

Religion 333

Women and Goddesses in India

Religion 340


Religion 341

Religions of India