University of California, Los Angeles: Ph.D., Asian Languages and Cultures 2011
Dissertation: “Brides of the Buddha and Other Stories: Reading the Women’s Stories of the 8th
Varga of the Avadānaśataka in Context”
University of California, Los Angeles: Master of Arts, Asian Languages and Cultures 2005
Indiana University: Master of Library Science
Indiana University: Bachelor of Arts,, Double Major: English and Anthropology
Areas of Expertise (6)
East Asian Buddhisms
Religions in “Classical Period” South Asia
Religion and gender
Religion in film and media
Sanskrit Language (YGPX 800 & 801)
This course provides the student with a foundational understanding of Sanskrit writing and grammar.
Sanskrit: The Yoga Sūtra (YGST 6025)
In this course students will translate the sutras and commentary from Patanjali’s seminal text, the Yoga Sūtra.
Sanskrit: The Bhagavad Gita (YGST 6026)
The Bhagavad Gītā sets forth the primary practices of philosophical and meditation Yoga, including the ways of Knowledge, Action, and Devotion. We will read select passages, completing the study of various aspects of Sanskrit grammar.