Associate Professor, Department for the Study of Religion
Centre for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute
Room 302, 170 St. George Street
Frances Garrett is Associate Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, and Associate Chair of the Department for the Study of Religion, where she has taught since 2003. Her research focuses on Tibetan religious history and its relations with other forms of Tibetan intellectual and literary culture, especially medicine. Her work has addressed the implications of controversies over human development in Tibetan scholasticism, how Tibetans reconcile medical physiology with Buddhist descriptions of the body, and the formation of intellectual and literary disciplinarity. She has lived for a number of years in various parts of India and China, including most recently a 14-month stay in Amdo (a Tibetan region of Western China) in 2009-10. Dr. Garrett grew up in Oregon, received a B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 2004. She is the 2010-2011 Director of the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative.