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Nancy G. Lin

Nancy Lin


Assistant Professor of Religious Studies,  Buddhist Traditions of South Asia
Assistant Professor of History of Art

Contact Information

Phone: (615) 343-3385


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

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

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

Curriculum Vitae

specialist in the Buddhist Traditions of South Asia


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.




    Faisal Devji, 13 April 2016
    R. Govindrajan, 07 April 2016
    James Fitzgerald, 28 March 2016
    Brian Larkin, 16 March 2016   
    Moses Ochonu, 02 March 2016
    Anand Taneja, 25 Feb 2016
    Naveeda Khan, 03 Feb 2016
    Juan Cole, 27 Jan 2016


    Seminar Précis and Project

Seminar Presentations

    Seminar Participants


    Katarina Turpeinen
    Valerie Hotchkiss
    David Price


      Alex Dubilet