I have taught Tibetan and Buddhist Studies in the Department for the Study of Religion since 2003. My research and teaching focuses on Tibetan religious history and its relations with other forms of Tibetan intellectual and literary culture, especially medicine. I have also worked on the Central Asian Gesar epic, and am now beginning a project focused on contemporary and historical stories about Himalayan mountains, as told by Tibetans, Sherpas, and international mountaineers and pilgrims. I have lived for many years in various parts of India, Tibet, and China.
I am certified as a Wilderness First Responder and have completed a Paddle Canada Level 2 sea kayak certification course (twice!) as well as certification from the Norges Padleforbund in Norway. I also enjoy climbing rock and ice, and was a ballet dancer when younger. I am a member of the Association for Experiential Education and have completed a Risk Management Training program with the National Outdoor Leadership School.