Assistant Professor of Religion
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Asian Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Religion, Theology
Area of Specialization: Theravada Buddhism, South and Southeast Asian Buddhist history, Buddhist literature
B.A., Colby College; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Harvard University. Research interest in the genre of historical narrative literature (vamsas) in the Pali language; manuscript entitled Religiously Reading: the Literary Aims of a Buddhist History
currently under review. Published articles in Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies
and several edited volumes. American Academy of Religion Buddhism Section Steering Committee member. Mellon Summer Language Fellowship; Winthrop Dissertation Fellowship, Harvard University. Senior Teaching Fellow, Teaching Consultant, Fellowships Adviser, and Assistant Senior Tutor, Dudley House, Harvard University (1997–2003); Lecturer, Brown University (2003). At Bard since 2003.
Research Interests: Buddhist history and sense of time; relics, stupas, nagas; literary maneuvers in Pali and Sanskrit texts
Teaching Interests: Buddhism of South and Southeast Asia; Buddhism in the West; Buddhist ethics; gender; comparative religious literature