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Andrew H Quintman

Associate Professor of Religion

Religious Studies Center, 206

Chair, Religion

Associate Professor, Global South Asian Studies

Associate Professor, East Asian Studies

Religious Studies Center, 206


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BA Hampshire College
MA University of Michigan
PHD University of Michigan

Andrew H Quintman

Andrew Quintman is a scholar of Buddhist traditions in Tibet and the Himalayan world focusing on Buddhist literature and history, sacred geography and pilgrimage, and visual cultures of the wider Himalaya. His work addresses the intersections of Buddhist literary production, circulation, and reception; the reciprocal influences of textual and visual narratives; and the formation of religious subjectivities and institutional identities. He is also engaged in developing new digital tools for the study and teaching of religion. His book, The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa (Columbia University Press 2014), won the American Academy of Religion’s 2014 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, the 2015 Heyman Prize for outstanding scholarship from Yale University, and received honorable mention for the 2016 E. Gene Smith Book Prize at the Association of Asian Studies. 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 visual and literary materials associated with the seventeenth-century Jonang Monastery in western Tibet.

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Quintman completed his undergraduate studies at Hampshire College and his graduate work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. 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 designed and led a summer program for Tibetan Studies in Tibet offered through the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Wesleyan, he taught at Princeton University, where he held the Cotsen-Mellon Fellowship in the History of the Book in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, and at Yale University.

Quintman currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and is founding editor of the Journal of Tibetan Literature. He is former Co-Chair of the Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group of the American Academy of Religion and co-leads an ongoing collaborative workshop on Religion and the Literary in Tibet. He helped establish the Yale Himalaya Initiative for which he served as Faculty Coordinator. From 2015–2017, he was a Collaborative Research Fellow in the ACLS-Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies. During 2018–2020, he was a Research Fellow in the ACLS-Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

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Fall 2024
RELI 229 - 01
Tibetan Religion

RELI 314 - 01
Buddhist Mind and Meditation