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 history, sacred geography and pilgrimage, and visual cultures of the wider Himalayan region. He is also interested in the religious and literary histories of Tibet’s unique southern border communities.
He is author of The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa (Columbia University Press 2013), which 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 has also been working to document and analyze traditional Bhutanese temple artwork within its historical context.
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. He is also Faculty Coordinator for the Yale Himalaya Initiative.