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Dr Karen O'Brien-Kop is Lecturer in Asian Religions and Ethics at the University of Roehampton. She researches early South Asian Sanskrit texts and culture on meditation, philosophy of mind, and mind-body practices such as yoga and asceticism – in particular exploring the interconnections of Hinduism and Buddhism. More broadly, her research interests are Indian religion and philosophy, theory and method in the study of religion, global philosophies, critical theory, and literary criticism and theory.

She previously worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS University of London, where she also completed her doctoral research.


Currently teaching 2020-2021:

Global Philosophies, Asian Worldviews (BA)

Yoga, Meditation and Health (BA)

Transforming Cultures: Ecology / Gender / Politics (BA)

The Study of Religion (BA)

Contemporary Issues in Global Religions (BA)

Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion (MA)

Religions in Dialogue and Conflict (MA)

Research Methods (MA)


Previously taught 2017-2019:

Indian Philosophy and Religion (BA)

Contemporary Issues in Hinduism (BA)


Roehampton office hours for students: Wednesdays 3.00-4.30pm.
Please book an appt online.

External positions

Co-Convenor, Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

1 Jun 2020 → …

Co-Chair, American Academy of Religion: Indian and Chinese Religions Compared unit

Feb 2020 → …

Steering Committee Member, American Academy of Religion: Yoga in Theory and Practice unit

Jan 2019 → …

Advisory Committee, SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies

1 Oct 20181 Jun 2020
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