An Interdisciplinary Approach
My scholarship unites the arts & visual culture, the rituals & material culture, and the texts & philosophies of Buddhism. Specializing in the traditions of India, Nepal, and Tibet, I try to develop detailed pictures of religious constructions and the cultures behind them.
For over a decade, extensive field research in numerous locations has expanded my intellectual horizons and provided me with a wealth of material for scholarship. Field documentation techniques that I employ include photography (of art objects, sites, and rituals), video recording, interviews, and archival work. To date, I’ve performed major research in: India, Nepal, Tibet (TAR), Bhutan, Mongolia, Korea, and Japan.
Teaching is a vital part of academia. In addition to training future generations of scholars, education in the humanities benefits everyone in our modern, globalized society. Learning about Buddhism and other Asian traditions allows students to engage with one of the most populous and dynamic regions of the world, expanding their horizons and reframing their own backgrounds. All my classes feature the same interdisciplinary approach that defines my research. This allows me to reach more students with diverse interests and develop connections between the subjects in my classes and other significant aspects of the students lives.