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Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa
Assistant Professor
Department Chair of East Asian Studies

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa teaches courses on transnational Asian religions, with a focus on Buddhism. Her research and teaching explores the construction of Buddhist community, networks of cultural production, and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships in the transnational border regions of Tibet, China, Sikkim, Bhutan, Northeast India and Ladakh through the interdisciplinary methodological perspectives of religion, history, gender, literature, the comparative study of empire, material culture and media. She is the author of The Social Life of Tibetan Biography: Textuality, Community and Authority in the Lineage of Tokden Shakya Shri (Lexington, 2014). 

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On-Campus Address: 

Bucksbaum 248
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

B.A. Victoria University of Wellington; Ph.D. Australian National University

Courses Taught: 

East Asian Religions; Himalayan Religions, Gender and Sexuality in Buddhist Communities; Religion in Contemporary China; Religion and Empire; The Religion of Things; Lived Religion: The Social and Cultural Construction of Religion

Primary Academic Interest: 

The history of Asian religions
Religion and community
Buddhism and modernity
Gender and sexuality in Asian religions
Religion and empire between Asia and Europe

Department Chair: 

East Asian Studies