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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.





 Sirui Ma has been inducted to Phi Beta Kappa.

Jake Horvitz won best essay in First Year Seminar.

Alec Rothschild was accepted into the Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program.