Faculty & Staff

Dr. Pflueger has been at Truman since 1993. He received his doctorate and master's in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin, California Polytechnic State University, and California State University-Long Beach. He specializes in South Asian religion, classical yoga philosophy, Indian philosophy, and classical Sanskrit. He has 27 articles on Hindu and Buddhist topics in Oxford Dictionary of World Religions (Oxford, 1997). Also from Oxford, he published a chapter in The Innate Capacity (1998), "Discriminating the Innate Capacity: Salvation Mysticism in Classical Samkhya-Yoga." Other publications include: The Bhagavad Gita for Contemporary American Religion (Macmillam, 2000) and in 2003 from Routledge Curzon (London) a chapter, "Dueling with Duelism: Revisioning the Paradox of Purusha and Prakiti, in Yoga: The Indian Tradition." More recent publications include "Person, Purity, and Power in the Yogasūtra," for Essays on the Theory and Practice of Yoga, Knut Jacobson, Ed.., (Brill) 2005. include an forthcoming article, "Ishvara," for The Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan). In the summer of 2007, Dr. Pflueger was chosen to participate in the Freeman Foundation Summer Institute on Japan, for intensive study of Japanese language and culture at Tokai University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Pflueger is presently focusing on a research project titled The 1000 Names of the All-pervasive God Vishnu. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa, and serves as faculty advisor for Truman's Art of Living (yoga) Club and the DEPTHS Club.