Douglas Allen Biography
Douglas Allen is Professor of Philosophy and former Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Maine in the U.S.A. He served as President of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, 2001-2004, and is Series Editor of the Lexington’s Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion. Author and editor of 14 books and well over 100 book chapters and scholarly journal articles, he has been the recipient of Fulbright (1963-64 and 2009-10) and Smithsonian (1992) grants to India, the Maine Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Maine Professor Award (given to the outstanding professor in teaching, research, and service). He is often recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in the phenomenology of religion and the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. He knew Mircea Eliade very well and wrote four books on Eliade and his phenomenology of religion. Recent books include Myth and Religion in Mircea Eliade and his edited Comparative Philosophy and Religion in Times of Terror and The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi for the Twenty-First Century. Allen’s most recent books are Mahatma Gandhi (2011) and Mit si Religie la Mircea Eliade (2011).
A peace and justice scholar and activist, Doug Allen has been active in the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam/Indochina Antiwar Movement, and many other struggles resisting violence, war, class exploitation, imperialism, racial and gender oppression, and environmental destruction. He was a founding member and has been the faculty advisor and an active member of the Maine Peace Action Committee at the University of Maine, and he serves as the Education Coordinator of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine. He has been the recipient of the “Hands of Peace Award” in Maine and the “Scroll of Peace International Award for Peace Research” in India. During 2009-2010, he was in India on a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship to do research on “Mahatma Gandhi and Violence, Terrorism, and the Contemporary World.”
In addition to the 2011 publication of the book Mahatma Gandhi, recent publications with a Gandhi focus include “Hind Swaraj: Hermeneutical Questions of Interpretation, Mythic Construction, and Contemporary Relevance,” Journal of Contemporary Thought (2009); “Peacebuilding in the 21st Century: Gandhian Perspectives,” in Winning the Peace: A Quest, ed. Zeenat S. Ali (2010); “Religion and Violence in the Contemporary World: Is religion more of the problem or the solution?” in Patterns in Philosophy and Sociology of Religions, ed. by Mihaela Gligor and Sherry Sabbarwal (2011); “Gandhi and Socialism,” International Journal of Gandhi Studies (2012); and “Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy of Nonviolence, Peace, and Civilizational Harmony,” GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies (2012).
Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469 USA