Student Profiles

Kris Anderson received her B.A. in Asian and Middle East Studies from Northwestern University (2008). She completed research on contemporary Tibetan art in Lhasa, and studied at Tibet University in 2008-2009. Her current research interests focus on theories of translation and strategies employed translating Sanskrit texts into Tibetan during the earlier and later disseminations, and into Chinese.

Zack Beer received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford University (2004) and then spent ten years studying and teaching in Nepal, during which time he also completed an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Kathmandu University (2010). His research interests center on the history and theory of Tibetan Buddhist ritual practice, particularly the origins of the tradition of three year meditation retreat.

Max Brandstadt received a B.A. in Asian Studies and Classical Studies from Bowdoin College (2013) and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2016). His research focuses on the history of Sui-Tang China’s Three Levels Movement (sanjie jiao), as well as broader issues in state-sangha relations in China.

Catherine Dalton received a B.A. in Religion from Middlebury College (2001) and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Kathmandu University (2008). Her current research interests focus on the development and standardization of meditation manuals in early modern Tibet.

Profile coming soon.

Nir Feinberg received a B.A. in Philosophy and East Asian Studies from Tel Aviv University, and an M.A. in South Asian Studies from Tel Aviv University. He is primarily interested in Indian Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit literature, particularly in the understanding of emotions, as presented in Buddhist scholastic, poetic, and disciplinary texts. 

Meghan Howard received a B.A. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from Harvard University (2004). She then spent four years at Songtsen Library in Dehradun, India, working on a translation project involving Dunhuang materials related to the history of Tibet's imperial period (6th to 9th centuries). Her research interests center on cultural and religious exchanges between Tibet and neighboring peoples from the imperial period through the fourteenth century. 

James Marks received a B.A. in Philosophy from Eugene Lang College The New School in 2009, and an M.T.S in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School in 2012. He is primarily interested in Indian Buddhist philosophy, especially concerning debates over the nature of the self, both within Buddhism and between Buddhist and other Indian philosophical traditions.

Robert Miller received a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1998). After learning Tibetan in India, he worked for several years as an interpreter, translator, and monastic administrator. His research interests include the use of narrative in Vinaya literature, translation in imperial-era Tibet, and the history of Buddhism in northwest India. 

Shiying Pang received a B.A. in History from Fudan University (2003) and an M.A. in Special History of Chinese Religion, also from Fudan University (2006). In spring 2009, she completed a master thesis on the familial identity of Tang Buddhist nuns and received an M.A. in the East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Her research focuses primarily on Chinese Buddhism, especially Buddhist nuns and laywomen represented by epigraphy and literature.

Joseph Wood received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota (1966), an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin (1972), and a J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley (1981). His research interests include philosophical/legal principles underlying rules of monastic conduct, and causation theory as it relates to effect of vows, rituals, etc.

Chihying Wu received a B.A. in European Cultures and Languages (2014) and an M.A. in Religious Studies (2017) at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Her research interests primarily lie in 2nd to 7th century Indian Buddhist epistemology, logic, and philosophy of mind, particularly the notion of conceptuality and the function of mental concomitance.