Dr. Slouber is Assistant Professor of South Asia at Western Washington University.  He is the author of Early Tantric Medicine: Snakebite, Mantras, and Healing in the Gāruḍa Tantras.


  • Ph.D., UC Berkeley 2012 [abstract]
  • MA in Indologie, Universität Hamburg, Germany, 2011 [PDF]
  • MA in South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley 2007 [PDF]
  • BA in Religious Studies (magna cum laude), UC Davis 2005


  • “The Herbal Arsenal and Fetid Foods: The Power of Plants in Early Tantric Exorcism Rituals” in Ferrari, F. and Dahnhardt, T. Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion: Plant Life in South Asian Religions and Culture. London: Equinox (forthcoming).
  • Book review of Lord Śiva’s Song by Andrew Nicholson. International Journal of Hindu Studies (forthcoming).
  • Book review of Well-mannered Medicine by Dagmar Wujastyk. International Journal of Hindu Studies (forthcoming).
  • Dictionary entries “Bhūta Tantra” and “Bāla Tantra” in Goodall, D. and Rastelli, M. (ed.) Tāntrikābhidhānakośa IV. Wien: VÖAW (forthcoming).
  • “The Venomous Virgin: Fact or Fantasy?” in Wexler, P. (ed.) History of Toxicology: Toxicology in Antiquity.  Elsevier: Waltham, MA (2014).
  • “The Power of Garuda” in Winkel, K. (ed.) Venom: Fear, Fascination and Discovery. Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne (2013).
  • Carrying God: Merely a Mount or Independent Deity?” Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Vol. 21, No.1 (Fall 2012).
  • “Vulnerability and Protection in the Śaiva Tantras.” In Goodall and Filliozat (eds.) Mélanges tantriques à la mémoire d’N.R. Bhatt (forthcoming).
  • “Snakebite Goddesses in the Shakta Traditions: Roots and Incorporations of Tvaritā, Bheruṇḍā, and Kurukullā.” In Flood and Olesen (eds.) Shakta Traditions (forthcoming).
  • “The Trotala: Edition and Translation of Tvaritāmūlasūtra 1” in Vasudeva (ed.) Śivasudhāprapāpālikā (forthcoming).
  • “The Manuscripts of the Kriyākālaguṇottara.” NGMCP Newsletter #5 2007

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  1. WavatarAaron

    Hey there! As promised a year ago, I am completing the transcription of Jvālāmālinīkalpa. I finished the text transcription last year, but I am now adding the rendered mantras to the etext. I hope to complete it very soon, and I will send it to you. I have misplaced your email when UC cancelled my account; do send me your new email address to the email address specified above.

  2. WavatarPhilip Wexler

    Prof. Slouber – I am with the National Library of Medicine. I have tried to reach you via Brown University and Saint Mary’s College email addresses to no avail. I wanted to invite you to contribute a chapter to a book I am doing, as an independent project, on Toxicology in Antiquity for Elsevier. For more information please reply with a valid e-mail address. Many thanks. – Phil Wexler

  3. WavatarShridhar Alurkar

    I understand that you have studied at University of California, Berkeley. I happen to know Mr. Kurt Keutzer during couple personal encounters. In view of your work like The Cult of Khadgaravana in which a subject matter of physical and mental illness seems to be addressed, I thought of making this first contact.
    If you are willing to take the matters of common interests further, please revert.
    By the way, the whole interest evolved due to your blog on fortifications of Gingee.
    All the best,
    Shridhar Alurkar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India


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