Associate Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
Associate Chair, Department for the Study of Religion
University of Toronto
I am Associate Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies and Associate Chair of the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, where I have taught since 2003. I grew up in Oregon, received a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 2004. At the University of Toronto, I am also a member of the Asian Institute, the Centre for South Asian Studies, and the Knowledge Media Design Institute. In 2010-11 I was Interim Director of the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative.
My current research considers the intersections between tantric practice, ritual and occult knowledge and medical theory, and what these tell us about the processes of institutional and ideological change in Tibet. In progress are articles about the connections between the Gesar epic and medicine or healing and a book-length study of occult and alchemical technologies in early Tibetan literature with a focus on languages of consumption. I am also beginning a project on Himalayan mountain stories.