Faculty

Patricia Berger

Patricia Berger, Professor Emerita of Chinese Art, received her Ph.D. in the History of Art in 1980 from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1997, she served as Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and taught at Oberlin College and the University of Southern California.
Status: Faculty Emerita

Mark Blum

Mark Blum, Professor and Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies, specializes in Pure Land Buddhism throughout East Asia, with a focus on the Japanese medieval period. He also works in the area of Japanese Buddhist reponses to modernism, Buddhist conceptions of death in China and Japan, historical consciousness in Buddhist thought, and the impact of the Nirvana Sutra 
Status: Faculty

Osmund Bopearachchi

Osmund Bopearachchi is the Adjunct Professor of Central and South Asian Art, Archaeology, and Numismatics, University of California, Berkeley and Emeritus Director of Research of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (C.N.R.S.-E.N.S. Paris) and former Visiting Professor and Member of the Doctoral School VI of the Paris IV-Sorbonne University.
Status: Faculty

Jacob Dalton

Jacob Dalton, Professor and Khyentse Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, works on Nyingma religious history, tantric ritual, early Tibetan paleography, and the Dunhuang manuscripts. . After working for three years (2002-05) as a researcher with the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library, he taught at Yale University (2005-2008) before moving to Berkeley.
Status: Faculty 

Penelope Edwards

Penelope Edwards teaches in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies and works on Burma, Cambodia, Chinese diaspora and is broadly interested in culture, people and literature in translation across time and space.
Status: Faculty

Robert P. Goldman

Robert Goldman is Professor of Sanskrit. His areas of scholarly interest include Sanskrit literature and literary theory, Indian Epic Studies, and psychoanalytically oriented cultural studies. He is perhaps best known for his work as the Director, General Editor, and a principal translator of a massive and fully annotated translation of the critical edition of the Valmiki Ramayana. 
Status: Faculty

Padmanabh S. Jaini

Padmanabh S. Jaini is Professor emeritus of Buddhist Studies and co-founder of the Group in Buddhist Studies. He is particularly well known for his work on Abhidharma and for his critical editions of the Abhidharmadīpa, the Sāratamā,  and a collection of apocroyphal Jātakas, the Paññāsa-Jātaka, that appeared in four volumes (text and translation). 
Status: Faculty Emeritus

Lewis R. Lancaster

Lew Lancaster has taught and published widely on the history and interpretation of Buddhism in Korea, China, Mongolia, Tibet, and Thailand, and he has pioneered in the application of new technology to the study of Buddhist texts and traditions.  He is currently producing a Digital Atlas of Chinese Religions under a grant from the Luce Foundation.  
Status: Faculty Emeritus

Gregory Levine

A historian of the art and architecture of Japan and Buddhist visual cultures, Gregory Levine is at work on a trilogy that examines modern-contemporary Buddhist visual cultures: Long Strange Journey: On Modern Zen, Zen Art, and Other Predicaments (2017); Buddha Heads: Fragments and Landscapes; and Other Buddhas: Race, War, and Buddhist Visual Culture. A concurrent book project is titled Tree-Buddhas: On Art History Nearing the End of a World.
Status: Faculty

Eleanor Rosch

Professor Rosch is known for her work in concepts and categorization in cognitive psychology which has been influential in many fields (one of which is prototype theory in linguistics) and for her more recent work on Eastern psychologies and the psychology of religion.
Status: Faculty Emerita

Alexander Von Rospatt

Alexander von Rospatt is Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and Director of the Group in Buddhist Studies. He specializes in the doctrinal history of Indian Buddhism, and in Newar Buddhism, the only Indic Mahayana tradition that continues to persist in its original South Asian setting (in the Kathmandu Valley) right to the present. 
Status: Faculty

Robert Sharf

Robert Sharf works primarily in the area of medieval Chinese Buddhism (especially Chan), but he also dabbles in Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist art, ritual studies, and methodological issues in the study of religion.
Status: Faculty

Joanna Williams

Joanna Williams research interests include both South Asian and Southeast Asian art. She  has worked on the art of Gupta India, the pictorial arts of Orissa, and most recently on the court and rural paintings of Rajasthan (Kingdom of the Sun: the Arts of Mewar. San Francisco, 2007).
Status: Faculty Emerita