James Egge studies Theravada Buddhism and Pali literature. He has written on Theravada conceptions of karma, the body, and the role of visual perception in religious devotion. He is also interested in theories and methods for the study of religion, and has written on the use of conceptual metaphor theory as a method for the comparative study of religion. His publications include Religious Giving and the Invention of Karma in Theravada Buddhism (Routledge, 2002). Egge holds a Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago, and he is Associate Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University.