Dr Will Johnson

Dr Will Johnson

Reader in Indian Religions

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Research interests

  • Jainism: Doctrine, Practice, Art
  • Mahabharata
  • Sanskrit Drama
  • The Literary Translation of Sanskrit Texts 

Impact and engagement

Two public performances of  The Master Madam (Bhagavadajjukam), trans. Johnson, Cardiff 2012

Education and qualifications 

B.A.(Hons.) Religious Studies

Sussex University, 1984

M.Phil. Oriental Studies (Classical Indian Religion)

Oxford University, 1987

D.Phil. (Jainism)

Oxford University, 1990

Career overview

1988-91: Part-time lecturer, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University

1991: Part-time lecturer in Religious Studies, Westminster College, Oxford

1992-1997: Lecturer in Religious Studies, Cardiff University

1997-2009: Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Cardiff University

September 2009: Reader in Indian Religions, Cardiff University


  • RT1201 Elementary Sanskrit
  • RT1208 Intermediate Sanskrit (with Dr James Hegarty & Dr Max Deeg)
  • RT1322 Jainism
  • RT1328 Early Hindu Texts in Sanskrit
  • RT1329 Hindu and Jain Texts in Sanskrit
  • RT1334 Religion and Performance in South Asia (with Dr James Hegarty)
  • RT1338 Early Hinduism


  • RTT113: Language and Texts 1 & 2
  • MA Asian Religions

Research projects

  • Text, translation and interpretation of the Early Krishna story: The Cardiff Harivamsha project (AHRC funded project, with Dr Simon Brodbeck)
  • The Oxford Handbook of Hindu Literature

Research centre

Centre for the History of Religion in Asia (CHRA)