Jeffrey S. Lidke

Jeffrey S. Lidke

Professor of Religion and Department Chair

Department: Religion and Philosophy
Phone: (706) 368-6928
Fax: 706-236-5091
Campus Box: 550
Location: Evans 129

Short Bio

Dr. Lidke earned his M.A. (1996) and Ph.D.(2000) in South Asia Religion and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado (1990). He was a Fulbright Dissertation Fellow to Nepal in the 1996-97 academic year. During his graduate years, Lidke devoted himself to Sanskritic languages, both classical and vernacular, with training from several teachers, including Gerald Larson, Nandini Iyer and Sthaneshwar Timalsina. At both the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Lidke trained in the hermeneutical methods of religious studies with particular attention to the genealogical lineage of Mircea Eliade (Sam Gill at Boulder and David White at Santa Barbara). Currently, he is chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Berry  College where he has taught since 2003.  Lidke recently published his sabbatical research on the neuroscience of contemplative practice (Religions 2017) as well as his twenty-year project, The Goddess Beyond and Within the Three Cities: Śākta  Tantra and the Paradox of Power in Nepāla-Maṇḍala_ (DK Printworld 2017).


  • B.A., University of Colorado
  • M.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara