Research Areas

Art History; Cultural History; Anthropology; History of Religion; History, Art and Culture of India


Ph.D., University of Chicago

M.A., University of Massachusetts

B.A., University of Michigan


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Elinor W. Gadon

Elinor W. Gadon

Elinor W. Gadon

Elinor Gadon is a cultural historian whose research interests and publications are focused on the analysis of myth and image in their cultural context as they affect issues of gender. Her academic training, teaching and publication are both interdisciplinary – in art history, history of religions and cultural anthropology – as well as multi-cultural. Her specialty is the art and culture of the Indian subcontinent.

Her major publication, The Once and Future Goddess: A Symbol for Our Time, is a visual chronicle of the history of the sacred female and her re-emergence in the cultural mythology of our time. She has recently completed From Blood to Fire: The Changing Culture of the Village Goddesses of Orissa in collaboration with sociologist Rita Ray and has submitted it for publication. She is presently working on an unfinished manuscript, The Myth of the American Male and Violence.

She has taught at the Harvard Divinity School, Tufts University, University of California, Santa Barbara and Mills College where she was an Associate Scholar in the Women’s Leadership Program. She developed and directed an M.A. and Ph.D. in Women’s Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Current Projects

On leave for the current Academic Year.

Representative Publications

Gadon, Elinor. The Once and Future Goddess: A Symbol for Our Time. New York: Harper and Row, 1989.