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.
I have studied 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. With a team of colleagues and students I also developed an online Classical Tibetan language course, and I was co-founder of University of Toronto Outdoors.