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Kevin Vose

Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies

Email: [[kavose]]
Office: Wren 306
Interests: Indian and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Tibetan Monastic Networks, Himalayan History

Areas of Specialization

Buddhism, Tibetan Religion, East Asian Religions

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2005
  • M.A. University of Virginia, 1999
  • B.A. Bates College, 1992
Academic Positions
  • 2006-present: Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Dept., William & Mary
  • 2005-2006: Visiting Instructor, Religious Studies Dept., William & Mary
  • 2002: Instructor, Religious Studies Dept., University of Virginia
Courses Taught
  • RELG 150W: Freshman Seminar, Buddhist Enlightenment in Western Imagination
  • RELG 214: Buddhism
  • RELG 215: Religion in East Asia
  • RELG 308: Special Topics in Religious Studies, Buddhist Philosophy
  • RELG 308: Special Topics in Religious Studies, Tibetan Religion
  • RELG 308: Special Topics in Religious Studies, Zen

Professor Vose's current research concerns a thirty-volume collection of recently discovered Tibetan manuscripts from the Kadampa (bka' gdams pa) order. These manuscripts were recovered from one of the few monastic libraries to survive the Cultural Revolution in Tibet. Within this collection, he's examining several eleventh- and twelfth-century texts pertaining to the formation of Tibetan Madhyamaka ("Middle Way") philosophy.

His first monograph was Resurrecting Candrakirti: Disputes in the Tibetan Creation of Prasangika. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2008.

Fellowships and Grants
  • 2008: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
  • 2007: William & Mary Faculty Summer Research Grant
  • 2002-2003: American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Grant
  • 2007-2009: Co-Director of East Asian Studies
  • 2005-present: Co-Editor of the Buddhism Section of Blackwell Publishing's Religion Compass