Vita

 

Education

Ph.D.
Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
Department of Philosophy and Religion. 2007
California Institute of Integral Studies. San Francisco, CA

Columbia University
Tibetan Language, Concurrent Graduate Studies

University of California, Berkeley
Buddhist Studies, Concurrent Graduate Studies

B.A.
Religion and Asian Studies. 1998
Wheaton College. Norton, MA

Naropa University
Himalayan Buddhist Studies, Study Abroad. Kathmandu, Nepal

 
Appointments

Head of Literary Research
Department of Literary Research
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. Cambridge, MA. 2011-2015

Senior Editor
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. New York, NY. 2009-2011

Scholar-in-Residence
Shelly and Donald Rubin Post-Doctorate Fellow
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. New York, NY. 2008-2009

Lecturer
The New School University. New York, NY. 2009-2012

Academic and Program Director
Summer Study Abroad in Tibet
The New School University. New York, NY. 2011-2012

 
Recent Presentations and Public Lectures

A Comparative Analysis of Digital Manuscripts from Eastern Tibet
Centre for the Study of Manuscript Culture
University of Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany. 2015

Methods and Pathways in the Study of Digital Tibetan Manuscripts
The Martin Center for the Advanced Study of Religion
The University of Chicago Divinity School. Chicago, IL. 2015

An Ontology for the Digital Tibetan Book
“Symposium on the Tibetan Book”
The University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA. 2014

The Jonang in 18th Century Tibet
Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. 2014

Ecumenism in Tibet
University of Colorado. Boulder, CO. 2013

A Buddhist Tradition on the Edge: The Migration and Marginalization of the Jonangpa in Tibet
Center for the Study of World Religions
Harvard Divinity School. Cambridge, MA. 2013

Three Years in Tibet: Reflections from a Buddhist Monastery
The University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, AL. 2012

Values in Tibetan Buddhist Education
Wheaton College. Norton, MA. 2012

Bibliographic Sources for Tibetan Studies: A TBRC Workshop
Columbia University. New York, NY. 2012

Technology and Translation in the Future of Tibetan Studies
Tibetan Studies After Gene Smith and Directions for the Future
Columbia University. New York, NY. 2011

Applied Scholarship in Tibetan Cultural Regions of China
The University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, AL. 2010

Zhentong Buddhist Philosophy in the Jonang Tradition
Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs, NY. 2010

Visualizing the Tantric Buddhist Mandala
Yale University. New Haven, CT. 2010

On the History of the Jonang Kalachakra Tradition
Tibet House. New York, NY. 2009

 

Conference Presentations

An Entangled Buddhist History: Shangs pa Lineage Networks, Transmission Strategies, and their Records of Reception in Tibet
“Transference and Transmission in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist ‘Philosophical’ Traditions”
XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
University of Vienna. Austria. 2014

Materializing Dreams and Omens: Narrative Devices in the Autobiographical Writing of the Tibetan Yoginī Trinle Wangmo
“Writing Tibetan Women”
American Academy of Religion. Baltimore, MD. 2013

Charting Par khang Culture: Towards an Analytics of Early Xylographic Literary Production in Tibet
“Among Digital Texts: Remembering Gene Smith”
International Association of Tibetan Studies. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2013

In Your Face: Bamda Tubten Gelek’s Up-Close Personal Advice
“Translating Buddhist Luminaries: A Conference on Ecumenism and Tibetan Translation”
University of Colorado. Boulder. 2013

Relocating the Tibetan Manuscript Writings of Kunga Drolchok (1507-1566)
“Documentary and Manuscript Sources from Tibet”
Association of Asian Studies. San Diego, CA. 2013

Mapping Scholarship on Tibet: Recent Findings of Jonang Monasteries
National Outreach Scholarship Conference
The University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, AL. 2012.

Conducting Tibetological Research: A TBRC Workshop
International Seminar of Young Tibetologists
Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. Kobe, Japan. 2012

Accessing a Global Vision of Tibetan Literary Culture
“Preservation of the Literary Heritage”
Third International Conference on the Tibetan Language.
Columbia University. New York, NY. 2011

A Buddhist Hermeneutic of Time: Tibetan Recalculations of the Buddhist Councils and Zhentong Literary History in India
“India in the Asian Buddhist Imagination,” Buddhism Section
American Academy of Religion. San Francisco, CA. 2011

Banned Books, Sealed Printeries and Neglected Dkar chag: Precursors and Prospects in Light of E. Gene Smith’s Contributions to Tibetan Literary Studies
“E. Gene Smith: Remembering His Life and Works”
International Association of Buddhist Studies. Taiwan. 2011

Codifying the Krtyuga: Preliminary Remarks on a Literary History of Gzhan stong in Tibet
“Rang stong / Gzhan stong: Perspectives on the Discourse in India and Tibet”
International Association of Buddhist Studies. Taiwan. 2011

Identity Politics of Re-Embodiment: Lineage Formation in Tibetan and Mongolian Accounts of Rje btsun Tā ra nā tha’s (1575-1635) Death and the Birth of Khal kha Blo bzang bstan pa’i rgyal mtshan (1635-1723)
“Madness, Smallpox, and Death in Tibet,” Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group
American Academy of Religion. Atlanta, GA. 2010

Revealing the Gsang ba’i ye shes: Reflections on the Autobiography of the Female Jo nang pa Adept Rje bstun ma ‘Phrin las dbang mo (1585-c.1668)
“The Jo nang pa: Narrative, Transmission, and Tradition Reconsidered”
International Association of Tibetan Studies.
University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada. 2010

Life after Tāranātha: Priorities and Strategies for Sustaining Esoteric Buddhist Knowledge Transmission Among the Jonangpa in 17th Century Tibet
“Strategies of Buddhist Knowledge Transmission: Texts, Techniques, and Technologies in Tibet,” Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group
American Academy of Religion. Montreal, Canada. 2009

Is the Uttaratantra-śastra Really a Madhyamaka Text?: Jonangpa Understandings of Tibetan Buddhist Doxography and Historiography
“The Uttaratantra in Tibet,” Buddhist Philosophy and Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group
American Academy of Religion. Chicago, IL. 2008

Tāranātha’s Secret: Reading from the Autobiography of the Tibetan Female Adept Phrin las dbang mo
TBRC/Rubin Foundation Scholars Seminar. New York, NY. 2008

Retelling Mahayana History: Jo nang Sources for the Indian and Tibetan Transmissions of Gzhan stong Madhyamaka
“Mahayana Buddhism Section”
International Association of Buddhist Studies. Atlanta, GA. 2008

 

Workshops & Seminars

Rimé History and Vision in Tibet
Rimé University. France. 2014

Facilitating Tibetan Literary Research
XVIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS)
University of Vienna. Austria. 2014

Navigating the TBRC Research Library
Yale University. New Haven. 2013

Par ma / Bris ma Ambiguities: Analyzing Written and Print Culture in Tibet
“Tibetan Manuscript Studies Workshop”
International Association of Tibetan Studies. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2013

Facilitating Tibetan Literary Research
“Religion and the Literary in Tibet Seminar”
Harvard University and Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. Cambridge. 2013

Conducting Tibetological Research in the TBRC Library
Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. Cambridge, MA. 2012

Facilitating the Emergence of a Tibetan Literary Ontology
International Seminar of Young Tibetologists (ISYT)
Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. Kobe, Japan. 2012

Bibliographic Sources for Tibetan Literature
Graduate Seminar, “Sources for Modern Tibetan History”
Columbia University. New York, NY. 2012