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Critical Studies in Asian, Islamic, and Jewish Traditions

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Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, Buddhist Studies, 2011.

M.A. Columbia University, East Asian Regional Studies, 2003.

A.B. cum laude, Harvard University, 2000.

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Nancy Lin

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies – Buddhist Traditions of South Asia and Assistant Professor of History of Art

Professor Lin specializes in South Asian Buddhism, with focus on the cultural history of Tibetan Buddhism during the early modern period. Her research interests include Buddhist hagiographical literature and art, the innovative interpretation of canonical tradition amidst social change, and Tibetan engagement with other courtly cultures of South and East Asia. Her current book project examines how Tibetan monastic and courtly culture intersected during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially through productions of the Wish-Fulfilling Vine (Skt. Avadanakalpalata, Tb. Dpag bsam ’khri shing), Ksemendra’s Sanskrit anthology of Buddhist narratives. Professor Lin’s other research projects address Tibetan re-imaginings of the Buddha’s life and the development of classical Tibetan poetry and poetics from Sanskrit models in institutional, material, and ritual contexts.