about

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• I teach Buddhism and South Asian/Himalayan religious traditions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where I also direct Smith’s Buddhist Studies Concentration and the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program. Additionally, I’m 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 the ways in which Gorampa interprets Buddhist theory and practice in his text, Synopsis of Madhyamaka (dbu ma’i spyi don). He argues that the aim of philosophy is to eventually undermine philosophy itself, which is a position that not only challenges other views of Buddhist philosophy in Tibet, but also complicates ongoing discussions in western analytic philosophy. More broadly, my interests include Himalayan religious practices, women and gender minorities in Buddhism, and the growing role of technology in the humanities.

1661906_935649813170_4552286640166689459_n• 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 have also contributed to the development of Śāstravid, a digital project that is changing the ways that can engage with Buddhist texts.

• When I’m not teaching or writing, I’m probably brewing beer, riding a bicycle, or playing music.