about:

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• I teach Buddhism and Himalayan religious traditions at Smith College, where I also serve as the director of Smith’s Buddhist Studies Concentration and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program. Additionally, I teach for the Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s Online Learning Program based in Boudhanath, Nepal, and for the Vasudhaiva Institute based in Oslo, Norway.

• My research involves investigating the relationships between different types of knowledge. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the relationships between analytical ways of knowing and nonconceptual ways of knowing, as they are understood in Tibetan Buddhist philosophical systems. I’m currently revising a book manuscript that considers some of the aspects of these relationships from the perspective of the 15th-century Tibetan scholar Gorampa Sonam Senge in his text, Synopsis of Madhyamaka (dbu ma’i spyi don).

• Other research interests include religious practices in Kinnaur, women and gender minorities in Buddhism, and the growing role of technology in the humanities.

• When I’m not teaching or writing, I’m probably brewing beer, learning the banjo, or practicing Ashtanga Yoga.

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With nuns from the Jampa Choling Nunnery Institute, 2016