Michelle J. Sorensen graduated from the University of Calgary, Canada with an undergraduate double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies. A nearly two-year backpacking trip through Asia (with a single change of clothes and a trusty sidekick) developed her interest in Asian cultures. Her knowledge was deepened through her Ph.D. studies in Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and years of research in Asia. Her research and teaching interests include Buddhism, gender and sexuality, Asian religions and philosophies, and theory and method in the study of religion. Michelle has published articles on biographies of women in Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy and praxis, and translation theory. She is currently working on a book project about the 12th-century Tibetan female philosopher Machik Labdrön and the development of the Chöd tradition in Tibet.