Associate Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, Department for the Study of Religion
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 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 and 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. I am now beginning a project focused on contemporary and historical stories about Mount Khangchendzonga, together with colleagues in Toronto and Sikkim. Most recently in my teaching, with a team of colleagues and students I have developed an online Classical Tibetan language course, and I am co-founder of University of Toronto Outdoors.