about

I am a lecturer at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and director of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program. I’m also a course developer and instructor for the Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s Online Learning Program, based in Boudhanath, Nepal.

• My current research concerns the philosophy of the 15th-century Tibetan scholar Gorampa Sonam Senge. Specifically, I am interested in Gorampa’s unique articulation of the relationship between philosophical reasoning and meditative practice, as explained in his Synopsis of Madhyamaka (dbu ma’i spyi don). More broadly, my interests include Tibetan and Indian Buddhist philosophy, Himalayan religious traditions, and the growing role of technology in the humanities.

• As an educator and researcher, I believe that developments in technology are constantly shaping the ways in which we can teach and learn. From 2010 until 2012, I worked as an educational technology consultant for Emory’s Center for Interactive Teaching, where I assisted members of the Emory community with integrating technological tools into their teaching and learning. I’m also currently involved in contributing to the development of Śāstravid, a digital project that is changing the ways in which scholars can engage with Indian philosophical texts.

• When I’m not teaching or writing, I’m probably either brewing beer, riding a bicycle, or learning to play the banjo.

• You can find me on Twitter @constancekassor, or email me at ckassor[at]gmail[dot]com.