Research Interests

  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Ritual

Education

  • PhD, Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Select Publications

  • Indo-European,” for Encyclopedia of Global Religions, ed. Wade Clark Roof and Mark Juergensmeyer (Sage Publications), Forthcoming
  • Sanskrit,” for Encyclopedia of Global Religions, ed. Wade Clark Roof and Mark Juergensmeyer (Sage Publications), Forthcoming
  • “Tantric Homa Rites in the Indo-Iranian Ritual Paradigm,” in Journal of Ritual Studies, Vol. 21, Number 1, 2007: 16-33.
  • “Is There Self Identity in S?mkhya and ?ankara?” Theologica Xaveriana, April-June, No. 162, 2007: 221-237.

Awards

  • Professor Gerald J. Larson Dissertation Award – Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Dept. of Religious Studies, UCSB, 2010
  • Graduate Division Dissertation Writing Grant, UCSB, 2008-2009
  • Academic Senate Travel Award, UCSB, 2008
  • Rowney Research Fellowship, UCSB Dept. of Religious Studies , 2005
  • Walter Capps Memorial Award—Religion and Public Life, 2004
  • Rowney Graduate Fellowship, UCSB, Dept. of Religious Studies, 2002-3
  • Summa Cum Laude, Colorado State University, 1996