Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
B.A., Hampshire College
M.A., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Andrew Quintman is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, specializing in the Buddhist traditions of Tibet and the Himalaya. His areas of teaching and research include Buddhist literature and sacred biography, visual and ritual cultures of the wider Himalayan region, and the esoteric Buddhist traditions of Tantra in Tibet.
His most recent book project, The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa (forthcoming from Columbia University Press), explores the extensive body of early literature recording the life of Tibet’s acclaimed eleventh-century yogin and poet Milarepa. In 2010 his new English translation of the Life of Milarepa was published by Penguin Classics. He is currently working on two new projects, one exploring Buddhist religious and literary culture in the borderlands of Tibet and Nepal, and the other examining the life of the Buddha through the visual and literary materials associated with Jonang Monastery in western Tibet.
He completed his undergraduate studies at Hampshire College and his graduate work at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to Yale in 2009, he served for seven years as Academic Director of the School for International Training’s Tibetan Studies program based in Kathmandu. Between 2001-2007 he also led a summer program for Tibetan Studies in Tibet offered through the University of Michigan. From 2006-2009 he joined Princeton University’s Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, where he held the Cotsen-Mellon Fellowship in the History of the Book. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group of the American Academy of Religion, and is co-leading a five-year seminar at the AAR on Religion and the Literary in Tibet.