Buddhist Studies in UK Universities

This is a list of UK academics and their research in Buddhist Studies and of BA and MA programmes or modules in Buddhist studies, (including modules that have a significant Buddhist content). Also included is an indication of UK course provision for the learning of Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan languages, as these are largely engaged in for the purpose of research or reading of Buddhist texts. Although not specified separately, where academic staff have the relevant expertise, proposals for doctoral research in Buddhist Studies may be welcomed.

University of Aberdeen

School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
MA (BA eq.) in Religious Studies:
Basics of world religions
Encountering Buddhism
South Asia: Religion, Politics and History
Buddhist Philosophy: Mahayana theory and practice
Conquer, Cure or Liberate: The beginning and ends of Vajrayana
Mres in the Social Anthropology of Religion:
Himalayan Studies

Dr William Tuladhar-Douglas, Lecturer
email: w.t.douglas(at)abdn.ac.uk
Research: Historical anthropology of the Himalayas, Ethnoecology, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism

Department of Anthropology

Dr Martin A. Mills, Senior Lecturer
email: m.a.mills(at)abdn.ac.uk
Research: Ritual life and monasticism in Tibetan Buddhism, Religious politics and governance in the Himalaya.

Bath Spa University

School: Humanities and Cultural Industries
Department: Department of Humanities
Subject: Religions, Philosophies and Ethics

Undergraduate Programmes with a Buddhist Studies Component
1. Religions, Philosophies and Ethics (Specialised Award) (Single hons)
2. Study of Religions (Major/Joint/Minor)
3. Philosophy and Ethics (Major/Joint/Minor)
The three programmes draw upon different combinations of modules
Modules dedicated to Buddhism at present
SR5001-20 Buddhism: Historical and Doctrinal Developments
SR6025-20 Buddhism in Practice
Modules with a substantial Buddhist content
SR/PE5000-40 Darshana, Dharma and Dao (Indian and Chinese philosophies)
SR6006-20 Religion, Culture and Society in Japan
Modules where aspects of Buddhism as religion or philosophy or both are studied alongside other traditions
PE/SR4003 Global Religions and Philosophies 
PE5003-20 Ethics, Religion and Humanism: Contemporary Moral Dilemmas
SR/PE5009-20 Philosophy, Religions and the Environment
SR5000 or SR6001-40 Studying Religions in the Contemporary World (includes a one week field placement, which could be in a Buddhist community, and study of Buddhism and modernity, Buddhism in the UK etc.)
PE/SR6014-20 Religion, Philosophy and Gender
SR/ED6077-20 Without Fear or Favour: National and International Perspectives on Religion, Culture and Education – includes teaching Buddhism at school level.
No taught PG provision at present
PhD supervision possible in areas of Buddhism, especially Theravada Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics (with a special interest in war and peace) Buddhism in education.

Staff with an interest in Buddhism

Dr. Mahinda Deegalle, Lecturer
email: m.deegalle(at)bathspa.ac.uk
Research: Theravada Buddhism, ethics of war and the role of religion in conflict and peace building, Buddhist preaching.

Prof. Denise Cush, Subject Leader, Religions, Philosophies and Ethics
email: d.cush(at)bathspa.ac.uk
Research: Contemporary Buddhism and Buddhism in Education.

Dr Catherine Robinson, Senior Lecturer
Teaches Indian and Chinese Buddhist philosophy.

University of Bristol

Department of Religion and Theology
BA in Theology and Religious Studies:
Living Religions
Indian Religious and Cultural Traditions
The Buddhist Path to Awakening
3000 Years of Chinese Religion
Zen Buddhism
Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health
Theravada Buddhist Practice in Asia
Yoga and Meditation
Mahayana Buddhism
Classical Chinese

MA in Buddhist Studies:
Buddhism: The Foundations
Buddhism: The Mahayana Tradition
The Practice of Theravada Buddhism in Asia
Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health
Yoga and Meditation
Aspects of Chinese Buddhism
Zen Buddhism
Classical Chinese
Buddhist Sanskrit and Pali

(Not all languages may be available in any one year)

Prof. Rupert Gethin, Professor of Buddhist Studies
email: rupert.gethin(at)bristol.ac.uk
Research: Early Buddhist literature, the history and development of Buddhist thought in the Nikayas and Pali commentaries, Indian Buddhist meditation, Abhidharma.

Dr. Rita Langer, Lecturer in Buddhist Studies
email: rita.langer(at)bristol.ac.uk
Research: Theory of consciousness in the early Pali sources; Buddhist ritual and its origin (in South and South East Asia, particularly Sri Lanka).

Dr. Eric Greene, Lecturer in East Asian Religions
email: Eric.Greene(at)bristol.ac.uk
Research: The history of Chinese Buddhism, Chinese Buddhist meditation, Chan/Zen Buddhism, Chinese translations of Buddhist texts, the transmission of Buddhism to China.

Emeritus Prof. Paul Williams, Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy
email: paul.williams(at)bristol.ac.uk
Research: Buddhist Philosophy and Religion in India and Tibet; Madhyamaka Philosophy; Mahayana Buddhism.

Cambridge University

Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
Dr Hildegard Diemberger, Senior Associate in Research
Research: Tibetan cultural area and Tibet-Mongolia interface; local-state dynamics and deals with the impact of radical change on traditional communities; landscape, space and time; local history and memory; changing notions of power and kinship; and debates over continuity, tradition and modernity.

Canterbury Christ Church University
Undergraduate Webpage
Postgraduate Webpage

Department of Theology and Religious Studies
BA in Religious Studies/ BA in Theology and Religious Studies:
World Religions (Yr1 core module)
Text and Context in the Study of Religions (Yr1 core module)
Indian Traditions (Yr2 core module)
Ethics in World Religions (Yr2 option)
Understanding Asian Philosophy (Yr2 option)
Tibetan Buddhism (Yr3 option)
Modern Critiques of Religion (Yr3 option)
Individual Study (Yr3 compulsory for single honours)
1Yr (2Yr part time) MA by research and MPhil/PhD supervision (3Yr FT/5Yr PT).
(Recent postgraduate research includes topics such as “The collected work of the 3rd Karmapa”, “Stupas built in Europe” and “Thai Buddhist amulets”.)

Dr. David Burton, Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate director
email: david.burton(at)canterbury.ac.uk
Research: Philosophy of religion from a Buddhist perspective, Madhyamaka, especially Nāgārjuna, Buddhist Epistemology, Comparative Philosophy, and Religion and Film/Visual Culture.

Prof. Burkhard Scherer, Chair in Comparative Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Postgraduate director
email: b.scherer(at)canterbury.ac.uk
Research: Buddhist Philosophy, Indo-Tibetan literature, Buddhism in the west.

Cardiff University

Department of Religious and Theological Studies
BA in Religious and Theological Studies:
Introduction to Sanskrit
Introduction to Pali
The Life of the Buddha
Buddhism – The First Thousand Years
Buddhist Sanskrit Texts
Buddhist elements in the Year 1 Introduction to the Study of Religions
Buddhism and Society

MA in Religions Studies: Asian Religions
Taught, depending on the individual students’ interest, by the members of staff of the Asian Religions group (Simon Brodbeck, Max Deeg, James Hegarty, Will Johnson).

Professor Max Deeg, Professor in Buddhist Studies
email: DeegM1(at)cardiff.ac.uk
Research: Buddhist history in India, Central Asia and East Asia; The spread of Buddhism from India to Central Asia and East Asia; Buddhist narratives; Early Christianity in Central and East Asia; Reception history of Asian religions, Buddhism in the West.

Prof. Geoffrey Samuel, Professorial Fellow
email: samuelg(at)cardiff.ac.uk
Research: Religion in Tibetan societies, contemporary and historical; the historical development and contemporary practice of technologies of consciousness; understanding the relationship between consciousness, body and materiality, particularly in relation to healing, meditation and yoga; Tibetan, Indian and other Asian medical, health and yogic practices; religion and modernity, including Buddhism in contemporary societies; Gender, sexuality and masculinity in Asian cultures; shamanism and ‘nature religions’.

University of Chester

Department of Theology and Religious Studies: Faculty of Humanities
Postgraduate Webpage

Undergraduate courses or modules;
LEVEL 4 TH4043 Encountering Religion: Buddhism
LEVEL 6 TH6045 Minority Faith Communities in Europe: (Buddhism component 1/5th of module)
LEVEL 6 TH6046 Religion and Culture: tranformations of British religious life 1960-2010 (one session on Buddhism)

Postgraduate taught courses 
TH7046 Buddhist Concepts of Awakening (20 credit MA module in MA Religious Studies programme).

Dr Wendy Dossett, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies
email: w.dossett(at)chester.ac.uk
Research: Japanese Pure Land Buddhism

Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Prof. Michael Carrithers
Research: Currently, public culture in Germany, particularly East Germany; but has worked on forest monks in Sri Lanka.

Department of Archaeology

Prof. Robin Coningham, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health
Research: Includes Archaeological visibility of Buddhism (work on excavation of Lumbini), Caste and the development of craft specialisation, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea Trade.

Department of Philosophy

Taught MA in Philosophy
One module, the ‘Philosophy of Religion’, focuses on Buddhist philosophy.

Dr. Simon James, Senior Lecturer
email: s.p.james(at)durham.ac.uk
Research: Environmental philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, phenomenology.

University of Edinburgh

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Asian Studies

MA Chinese and MA Japanese (4 year undergraduate programmes)

Courses/module include:
Year 1: East Asian Civilisation 1
Year 2: Indian Religion and Philosophy 2
Pre-modern East Asia to 1600
Honours level (years 3 and 4): The courses vary each year and are split between the two Schools, but they will usually include modules in early Indian Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, and East Asian Buddhism.

MSc Asian Religions
This is a taught Masters and will usually include a substantial Buddhism component.

Dr. Ian Ashley, Senior Lecturer in Japanese
email: ian.astley(at)ed.ac.uk
Research: The Shingon Buddhist tradition in Japan and its Chinese antecedents; Japanese and Chinese religions and philosophy, especially Buddhism.

Mr. Paul Dundas, Reader in Sanskrit
Research: Early Indian religions.

Dr. Joachim Gentz, Reader in Chinese
Research: Chinese philosophy and religions, text and commentary, ritual and divination, and theories of cultural and religious studies.

School of Divinity

MA Religious Studies (4 year undergraduate programme)

Courses/modules include:
Year 2: Religions of South Asia [Religious Studies]
Honours level (years 3 and 4): The courses vary each year and are split between the two Schools, but they will usually include modules in early Indian Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, and East Asian Buddhism.

MSc Religious Studies
Includes optional Buddhism courses.

Dr. Naomi Appleton, Chancellor’s Fellow in Religious Studies
Resesarch interests: Early Indian Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Buddhist narrative.

University of Gloucestershire

School of Humanities
BA in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics:
Year 2: Indian Religions

Dr. David Webster, Subject Group Leader for Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies
email: dwebster(at)chelt.ac.uk
Research: Buddhism, Philosophy, Death, Nihilism

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department of History

Dr. Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow
email: r.yoeli-tlalim(at)gold.ac.uk
Research: the History of Asian Medicine, Interactions between Medicine and Religion, the transmission of medical ideas along the Silk-Roads and the history of early Tibetan medicine.

University of Kent

Department of Religious Studies
BA in Religious Studies:
Courses/modules include:
Year 1: Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism
Year 2/3, available on a biennial rotational basis:
Buddhism: Its Essence and Development (focusing on early Buddhism, Theravada)
Foundations of Mahāyāna Buddhism (exploring the diversity of Mahāyāna traditions but with an emphasis on understanding its Indian roots)
Indian Philosophy of Religion (half of course on Abhidharma, Madhyamaka and Yogācāra philosophy and their engagement with Brahmanical Philosophies)
Supervision of dissertations in Buddhist Studies

MA in the Study of Mysticism and Religious Experience:
Includes some Buddhism teaching.

Prof. Richard King, Professor of Buddhist & Asian Studies
email: r.e.king(at)kent.ac.uk
Research: Includes Indian philosophical thought in the period 200-900 CE, especially the formation of the Mahāyāna Buddhist schools (Madhyamaka and Yogācāra) and early Advaita Vedanta.

Kings College, London

Department of Theology & Religious Studies

Prof. Kate Crosby, Professor of Buddhist Studies
email: henrietta.crosby(at)kcl.ac.uk
Research: Theravada Buddhism; Sanskrit and Pali language and literature, including vernacular-Pali mixed literature; Buddhist practice and traditions of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia; Buddhism in Application; History of Science in Buddhist contexts.

Prof. Ian Harris, Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
email: chamkarmon(at)gmail.com
Research: Buddhism in Cambodia; Buddhism and Politics; Buddhist Ethics.

Dr Andrew Skilton, Senior Research Fellow in Buddhism.

University of Lancaster

Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion

BA in Religious Studies:
Year 1: World Religions: : Introduction to Buddhism
Year 1: Ethics, Philosophy and Religion: Ethics, Philosophy and Religion in Asia
Year 2: Contemporary Issues in Asian Religions, core module (on contemporary religious issues from India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, Taiwan and China).
Year 3: Politics and Ethics in Indian Philosophy (looks at Indian source texts on politics and ethics, and explores the concept of dharma in the inscriptions of Ashoka, Buddhist Nikayas, Arthashastra, Law Codes of Manu, Mahabharata, and Kamasutra)
Year 3: Reading Buddhism (scriptural passages from important texts in Mahāyāna and Theravāda traditions).

MA in Religious Studies:
The Construction of Gender in Asian Religions
Buddhism and Society

Dr. Hiroko Kawanami, Lecturer
email: h.kawanami(at)lancaster.ac.uk
Research: Contemporary Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist monastic community and dissemination of knowledge, Buddhism and gender.

Dr Brian Black, Lecturer
email: b.black(at)lancaster.ac.uk
Research: Hinduism, Buddhism, Indian Philosophy, Dialogue in Indian religious and philosophical traditions, Indian Ethics, multiculturalism, social justice, and secularism in South Asia.

Prof. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
email: c.ram-prasad(at)lancaster.ac.uk
Research: Indian philosophy – classical and modern, especially in: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, the self and consciousness studies, Hinduism, Indian Buddhism, Jainism.

University of Leeds

Department of Theology and Religious Studies
BA in Religious Studies:
The Samurai and the Sacred: Aspects of Japanese Religious Traditions

Dr Emma Tomalin, Senior Lecturer
email: e.tomalin(at)leeds.ac.uk
Research: Gender and Religion; Religion and Development; Religion and Environmentalism; Buddhism and Hinduism; South and South-East Asia

Department of East Asian Studies
BA in Thai and South East Asian Studies:
Buddhism: a Lived Tradition

Dr. Martin Seeger, Senior Lecturer
email: m.seeger(at)leeds.ac.uk
Research: The history of Buddhism in Thailand, Contemporary movements in Thai Buddhism and their relations to society, politics and the economy, Disputes on Buddhist doctrines in Thailand, Canonical Theravada-Buddhism and its modern forms.

BA in Japanese Studies
Buddhism and pre-modern Japanese Culture

Dr. Mikael Bauer, Lecturer
email: m.bauer(at)leeds.ac.uk
Research: Pre-modern Japanese Buddhism, The Hosso School, Buddhism and state formation in Japanese history

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Buddhism in Practice

Dr. Ashley Thompson, Lecturer
email: a.c.thompson(at)leeds.ac.uk
Research: Southeast Asian cultural history, with a focus on classical and pre-modern art and literature.

Liverpool Hope University

Department of Theology & Religious Studies
Single Honours Degree in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion:
Year 1: Introduction to the world views of Indic religions
Year 2: Indian Traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism)
Year 3: Buddhism component, covering contemporary Buddhism in different contexts, including Buddhism in the West, but some texts are also studied in translation.

Major in World Religions:
The courses given above, plus the study of Islam and Judaism.

MA in Religion and Contemporary Society: 
Buddhism in the Contemporary World
Buddhist-Christian Relations
Religion and Plurality (which examines how Christians, Muslims and Buddhists approach the religious ‘other’.)

Dr. Elizabeth Harris, Senior Lecturer
email: harrise(at)hope.ac.uk
Research: Theravada Buddhism, Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Buddhist-Christian relations, Western encounters with Buddhism.

University of Manchester

Department of Religions & Theology
BA in the Study of Religion and Theology:
The World of Buddhism
Texts, Ritual and Practice In Mahayana Buddhism
The Ethics of Killing in Buddhism: Texts and Contexts

Dr. Stefania Travagnin, Lecturer in Buddhist Thought and Practice
email: stefania.travagnin(at)manchester.ac.uk
Research: Buddhism in China, Tibetan Buddhism, Mongolian Buddhism, Taiwanese Buddhism, Fo Guang Shan, Buddhist ethics.

Department of East Asian Studies
BA in Japanese Studies:
Religion and Media in Modern Japan
Religion in Japan

Dr. Erica Baffelli, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies
Department of East Asian Studies
email: erica.baffelli(at)manchester.ac.uk
Research: Japanese ‘New Religions’, Religion and the media, Japanese “New Religions” and the Internet, Religion and popular cultures

Dr. Jane Caple, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship
Department of East Asian Studies
email: jane.caple(at)manchester.ac.uk
Research: Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the north-eastern Qinghai province (the Tibetan Amdo region)

The Open University

Arts Faculty
Undergraduate modules
Stage 1: The Arts Past and Present (includes a book length chapter with related sound and vision material on the reputation of the Dalai Lama)
Stage 1: Voices and Texts (includes a book length chapter with related sound and vision material on the Metta Sutta)
Religious Studies courses
Stage 2: Introducing Religions (includes Buddhism)

Dr. Helen Waterhouse, Senior Lecturer and Arts Staff Tutor
email: h.j.waterhouse(at)open.ac.uk
Research: Soka Gakkai International, Prayer, Practice in religion and music.

University of Oxford

BA in Theology and Oriental Studies:
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Introduction to a Buddhist Canonical Language: Pali
Introduction to a Buddhist Canonical Language: Tibetan
Set Texts in a Buddhist Canonical Language: Pali
Set Texts in a Buddhist Canonical Language: Tibetan
Early Buddhist Doctrine and Practice
Buddhism in History and Society
Further Buddhist Texts: Pali
Further Buddhist Texts: Tibetan

BA in Sanskrit:

M.St. in Oriental Studies:
Tailor-made courses depending on student’s interest

M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religion:
Sanskrit religious texts

M.Phil. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies:
Tibetan History and Civilization
Tibetan Buddhism

M.Phil. in Buddhist Studies (to be approved):
Methodological Approaches to the Study of Buddhism
Reading Buddhist Texts in Primary Languages (Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese)

Oriental Institute

Dr. Cathy Cantwell, Research Officer, and Member of the Buddhist Studies Unit
email: catherine.cantwell(at)orinst.ox.ac.uk
Research: Tibetan textual transmission/development; tantric rituals, symbolism, art; rNying-ma canonical texts; Dunhuang and later ritual manuals; Phur-pa traditions (rNying-ma, Sa-skya, Bon); bDud-’joms gter-ma tradition.

Dr. Khammai Dhammasami, Associate Faculty Member
Email: oxford.k.dhammasami(at)googlemail.com/ oxford_buddhavihara(at)yahoo.co.uk
Research: Theravada Sangha, Buddhist education; vipassana meditation and Buddhism among the Shan.

Prof. David Gellner, Professor of Social Anthropology
email: david.gellner(at)anthro.ox.ac.uk
Research: Anthropology of South Asia, Buddhism, Hinduism, Traditional urbanism, Healers and their relation to religion, Ritual and symbolism, Politics, ethnicity and activism.

Prof. Richard F. Gombrich, retired
email: richard.gombrich(at)balliol.ox.ac.uk
Research: Early Buddhism

Dr Robert Mayer, University Research Lecturer, Research Officer, and Member of the Buddhist Studies Unit
email: robert.mayer(at)orinst.ox.ac.uk
Research: Early rNying ma and Bon tantric tradition, Critically editing old Tibetan texts, Dunhang tantric texts

Dr Charles Ramble, University Research Lecturer
email: charles.ramble(at)orinst.ox.ac.uk
Research: Civil society and pagan religion in the Himalaya; the Bön religion of Tibet; Pilgrimage and sacred geography.

Dr. Ulrike Roesler, Lecturer
email: ulrike.roesler(at)googlemail.com
Research: Literature and religion of the Veda; Indo-Tibetan Buddhism; history of bKa’-gdams-pa school; ‘sacred landscapes’ in literature and ritual practice.

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Member of the Buddhist Studies Unit
email: sarah.shaw(at)orinst.ox.ac.uk
Research: Early Buddhist (Pali) suttas and Abhidhamma material on meditation; Early Buddhist narrative: literary features of Jatakas and Dhammapada stories; Indian and Asian influences on British nineteenth-century writers; modern South and Southeast Asian Buddhist ritual, chant and meditation.

Professor Stefano Zacchetti, Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies
email: stefano.zacchetti(at)orinst.ox.ac.uk
Research:Mahāyāna literature (particularly sūtras and exegetical literature); early Chinese Buddhist translations and related commentaries; institutional and intellectual history of Chinese Buddhism (particularly during the early phase: 2nd-6th centuries CE); history of the Chinese Buddhist Canon.

All Souls College
Professor Alexis Sanderson, Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics
email: alexis.sanderson(at)orinst.ox.ac.uk
Research: Early medieval religion in India and Southeast Asia, focusing on the history of Saivism, its relations with the state, and its influence on Buddhism and Vaishnavism.

Mansfield College
Ms Peggy Morgan, Lecturer
email: peggy.morgan(at)mansfield.ox.ac.uk
Research: Transplantation of Buddhism to the West; socially engaged Buddhism.

Wolfson College
Mr Lance Cousins,
Email: lance.cousins(at)theology.ox.ac.uk
Research: History of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist schools; Abhidhamma
literature; Pali commentarial texts.

Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (OCBS)
The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (www.ocbs.org) is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford sponsoring lecture series, summer instruction, academic visitors, and other academic activities.

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

BA in the History of Art (Asia, Africa):
Introduction to the Art and Archaeology of South and South East Asia
Art and Ritual in Buddhist South Asia
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia
Buddhist Arts of Korea
Arts of Tibet

BA in South Asian Studies:
Buddhist Literature in Pali
Buddhist Sanskrit Texts
Buddhism: Foundation
Theravada Buddhism
Mahayana Buddhism

BA in South East Asian Studies:
Introduction to South East Asia
Introduction to the Art and Archaeology of South and South East Asia
Arts of the Buddha in Southeast Asia

BA in the Study of Religion:
Buddhism: Foundation
Religions of East and Central Asia
Buddhist monasticism
Readings in Mahayana Sutra Literature
Shan Buddhism
Themes in Japanese Religions
Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhist Texts from Central Asia
Buddhism in Central Asia
Buddhism in Pre-Modern China
Buddhist Legends: Readings in Avadana Literature
Conflict in Compliance: About the Lives of Buddhist Monks in Ancient India
Mahayana Buddhism
Religious Philosophies of Ancient and Medieval India
Theravada Buddhism
Translation of Buddhist Texts
Japanese Religions: An Historical Overview
Modern Tibetan

BA in Thai:
The Archaeology of East, South and South East Asia
Introduction to Buddhist Studies
Theravada Buddhism

Department of the Study of Religions

Professor Timothy Barrett, Professor of East Asian History (retired)
email: tb2(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period.

Dr. Lucia Dolce, Senior Lecturer
email: ld16(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: Japanese religious history, especially the medieval period; Japanese Tantric Buddhism and the esotericisation of religious practice; Millenarian writings and prophecy; Kami-Buddhas associations

Dr. Ulrich Pagel, Senior Lecturer
email: up1(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: History of Buddhism in Tibet, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Kanjur Studies, Vinaya, Religions of Central Asia, Tibetan, Sanskrit.

Dr. Antonella Palumbo, Lecturer
email: ap47(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: Ideological history of pre-modern China; Chinese religions, notably Taoism and Buddhism; history of the Buddhist canon in China; Manichaeism and Iranian influences in medieval China; Chinese cultural relations with Central Asia

Dr. Tadeusz Skorupski, Reader (retired)
email: ts1(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: Buddhist Studies; philosophical and religious doctrines; literature; iconography Buddhist iconography; Buddhist rituals; Buddhist doctrines; Buddhist history.

Department of Art and Archeology

Dr Crispin Branford, Senior Lecturer
email: crispin.branfoot(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Architecture, Sculpture and Painting; Pilgrimage and Sacred Geography, Archaeology and Material Religion; South India.

Dr John T. Carpenter, Reader
email: jc54(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: Premodern Japanese art and cultural history; East Asian calligraphy; Buddhist sutra copying; Heian court culture; classical literary themes in Japanese art; Ukiyo-e prints and painting.

Dr Lukas Nickel, Lecturer
email: ln2(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: Archaeology of the Qin and Han periods; early Buddhist art; traditional architecture of China and Japan, ancient Chinese bronzes and their production method.

Dr. Meri Arichi, Senior Teaching Fellow
email: ma70(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: History of Japanese Art, Buddhist Art of Japan in context.

Dr. Peter D, Sharock, Senior Teaching Fellow
email: ps56(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: Evidence in Indochina for the influence of tantric or esoteric Buddhism, developed in the great monasteries of the Ganges valley and diffused and developed in different ways through much of Asia.

Dr. Philip Denwood, Research Associate (retired)
Research: Tibetan arts and handicrafts, Himalayan architecture and Tibetan linguistics.

Department of History

Dr. Michael W. Charney, Senior Lecturer
email: mc62(at)soas.ac.uk
Research: The social, cultural, and intellectual history of Buddhist South East Asia, warfare in non-Western societies, and transport (especially railways) and information technology in colonial South East Asia

University of Stirling

School of Languages, Cultures and Religions
BA in Religious Studies:
Religion as Ritual in Japan

Dr. Timothy Fitzgerald, Reader
email: t.f.fitzgerald(at)stir.ac.uk
Research: Anthropology of Japan, anthropology of India, meditation, analysis of discourses on ‘religion and the secular’, ‘religion and politics’, ‘religion and the State’ and other such rhetorical constructs, history, theory and method in the study of religion, orientalism as a theory and problems of representing others.

University of South Wales

School of Humanities and Lifelong Learning
BA Religious Studies:
Introduction to Eastern Religions
Hinduism and Buddhism; history and development of Buddhism
Hinduism and Buddhism Today; contemporary issues in Buddhism ‘East’ and ‘West’
MA Buddhist Studies:
Buddhist Traditions
Buddhist Ethics
Buddhist Philosophy
Buddhist Psychology and Meditation
Pali Language
[part-time, distance learning]

Dr Nick Swann, Senior Lecturer
Research: Tibetan religion; anthropology and religion; religion in cyberspace

York St John University

Department of Theology and Religious Studies
BA in Religious Studies / Theology and Religious Studies:
Introduction to Asian Religions
Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia
Religions of East Asia
Women in Asian Religions
Religion and Social Change in Asia
MA in Theology and Religious Studies:
Colonial Encounters

Dr. Alice Collett, Lecturer
email: a.collett(at)yorksj.ac.uk
Research: Women in Early Indian Buddhism; Buddhism and Gender; Buddhist Texts; Sanskrit; Orientalism.