Associate Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
Director (on leave 2018-19), Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies
University of Toronto
I have taught in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto 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.
My research has examined the intersections between tantric practice, ritual/occult knowledge, and medical theory, and what these tell us about the processes of institutional and ideological change in Tibet. I have also worked on the Tibetan King Gesar epic. With a team of colleagues and students I developed an online Classical Tibetan language course, and I am co-founder of University of Toronto Outdoors. I also coordinate the University of Toronto’s Tibetan studies programs. With colleagues in Toronto and Sikkim, I am now working on a project focused on Mount Khangchendzonga.