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 worked on the Central Asian Gesar epic, and am now beginning a project focused on contemporary and historical stories about Himalayan mountains, as told by Tibetans, Sherpas, and international mountaineers and pilgrims. I have recently developed an online Classical Tibetan language course and am experimenting with expeditionary studies as a pedagogical framework.