Associate Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
Director, 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 and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
In my research I’ve studied the intersections between tantric practice, ritual/occult knowledge, and medical history and theory in Tibet, and I’ve also studied the Tibetan King Gesar epic. I’m now working on a project focused on Mount Khangchendzonga. I have lived for many years in various parts of India, Tibet, and China.
I’ve studied and published on various aspects of digital humanities, online course design, student engagement through experiential learning, outdoor education, and trauma-informed teaching, some of which is discussed on my YouTube channel, print publications, podcast interviews, or in Univerity of Toronto News. For more than two decades I’ve been working on language instructional pedagogy and was involved in creating an open-source, open-access online Classical Tibetan language course. Most recently, the University of Toronto’s Tibetan studies programs have been offering language videos on our UT Classical Tibetan YouTube channel.
I’ve done training in Mental Health First Aid, various types of breathwork, and I’ve completed the Embodying Your Curriculum program, which offers trauma-informed social justice training for faculty. I’ve been engaged with the Association for Experiential Education and have completed a Risk Management Training program with the National Outdoor Leadership School. I’m a certified Wilderness First Responder and have completed a Paddle Canada Level 2 sea kayak certification course (twice!) as well as certification from the Norges Padleforbund in Norway. In recent years I’ve enjoyed climbing ice, winter surfing, and Brazilian Zouk.