Faculty

Co-Directors: Karin Meyers, PhD and William Waldron, PhD

  • William Waldron teaches courses on Buddhism and the Study of Religion at Middlebury College. He received his B.A. in South Asian Studies and Ph. D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin, after working with native scholars in India, Nepal and Japan. His research is focused on the Yogācāra school of Indian Buddhism. He has published a monograph on the ‘store-house consciousness’ (ālaya-vijñāna) (The Buddhist Unconscious, RoutledgeCurzon) and numerous articles that bring Indian Buddhist theories of mind into dialogue with Western philosophies of mind and cognitive science. His recent introductory work, Making Sense of Mind-Only: a Cognitive Approach to Indian Yogācāra, is forthcoming with Wisdom Publications.
  • Francisca Cho PhD, Georgetown University – Cho is Professor of Buddhist Studies at Georgetown University. Her recent books, Religion and Science in the Mirror of Buddhism (with Richard Squier, Routledge Press, 2016), and Seeing Like the Buddha: Enlightenment through Film (SUNY Press, 2017) are both concerned with Buddhist theories of the imagination in their application to contemporary phenomena. She is currently completing a book manuscript on a Buddhist theory of cinema. 
  • Jeffrey Durham PhD, Asian Art Museum
  • Eric Huntington PhD, Rice University – Huntington studies relationships between visual culture, ritual, and philosophy in the Buddhist traditions of Tibet, Nepal, and India. His recent book, Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism, reveals how sophisticated cosmological thinking can provide a foundation for many aspects of religious life. He has also written on the roles of illustration in Newar performance manuals, ritual structure in Śāntideva’s Guide to Bodhisattva Practice, and Buddhist transformations of landscape. Huntington received his PhD from the University of Chicago, has served as a postdoctoral fellow at Washington, Princeton, and Stanford Universities, and is currently a Gragg postdoctoral fellow at the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. 
  • Leah Kalmanson PhD, Drake University – Kalmanson is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Drake University. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her new book Cross-Cultural Existentialism: On the Meaning of Life in Asian and Western Thought is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. She has published on diverse topics in comparative philosophy in the journals Comparative and Continental Philosophy, Continental Philosophy Review, Frontiers of Philosophy in China, Hypatia, Journal of World Philosophies, Philosophy East and West, Shofar, and Studies in Chinese Religions. She is co-editor of several collections including, most recently, Buddhist Responses to Globalization with James Mark Shields (Lexington, 2014), Ineffability: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion with Tim Knepper (Springer, 2017), and Comparative Studies in Asian and Latin American Philosophies with Stephanie Rivera Berruz (Bloomsbury, 2018). She currently serves as an Assistant Editor at the Journal of Japanese Philosophy (SUNY). 
  • Matthew Kapstein PhD, University of Chicago
  • David McMahan PhD, Franklin & Marshall College – McMahan is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Empty Vision: Metaphor and Visionary Imagery in Mahayana Buddhism. New York and London: Routledge Curzon, 2008;  The Making of Buddhist Modernism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008,  editor of Buddhism in the Modern World. New York and London: Routledge, 2012, and co-editor of Meditation, Buddhism, and Science. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 
  • Laurie Patton PhD, President, Middlebury College
  • Alyson Prude PhD, Georgia Southern University – Prude is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Georgia Southern University. Her research focuses on issues of power and religious experience in Himalayan Buddhism. She has spent over four years in Buddhist regions of Asia, much of that time researching the contemporary delog (return from death) tradition. She is the author of “Tibetan Buddhist Perspectives on Death and Dying” (Death and Dying: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion, Springer 2019), “Buddhism in Contemporary Bhutan” (with Samdrup Rigyal, The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism, Oxford 2017), “Women Returning from Death: The Gendered Nature of the Delog Role” (Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, 2016), and “Kunzang Drolkar: A Delog in Eastern Tibet” (Eminent Buddhist Women, SUNY 2014). She received her PhD in South Asian Religions from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011. 
  • Elliot Wolfson PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara -Wolfson, a Fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Distinguished Professor of Religion at University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of many publications including Through the SpeculumThat Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism (1994); Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and the Poetic Imagination (2005); Alef, Mem, Tau: Kabbalistic Musings on Time, Truth, and Death (2006); Venturing Beyond—Law and Morality in Kabbalistic Mysticism (2006); Open Secret: Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menahem Mendel Schneerson (2009); A Dream Interpreted within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination (2011); Giving beyond the Gift: Apophasis and Overcoming Theomania (2014); The Duplicity of Philosophy’s Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism and the Jewish Other (2018); Heidegger and Kabbalah: Hidden Gnosis and the Path of Poiesis (2019). 
  • Benjamin Bogin PhD, Skidmore College