Stefan Baums was a Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley and a Group in Buddhist Studies Visiting Professor during the 2011-12 academic year. He studied Indology, Tibetology and Linguistics at the Georg‐August‐Universität Göttingen; Sanskrit, Nepali and Buddhist Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; and South Asian and Buddhist Studies at the University of Washington. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in 2009 for his study of a first‐century Gāndhārī birch‐bark manuscript containing a commentary on a selection of early Buddhist verses. His research interests include Buddhist philology and epigraphy, the beginnings of written Buddhist literature, the interaction of written and oral modes of text transmission, the development of Buddhist hermeneutics, and the description of Gāndhārī language and literature. He is the editor (with Andrew Glass) of the Dictionary of Gāndhārī.(link is external) He is now based at the University of Munich.
2010-2011 Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies