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Sarah Jacoby

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Ph.D. University of Virginia

Sarah Jacoby studies Asian Religions with a specialization in Tibetan Buddhism. She received her B.A. from Yale University, majoring in women's studies, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia's Department of Religious Studies. She joined Northwestern University in 2009 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. Her research interests include Indo-Tibetan Buddhist doctrine and ritual in practice, studies in gender and sexuality, Tibetan literature, autobiography studies, Buddhist revelation, the history of emotions, Buddhism in contemporary Tibet, and eastern Tibetan area studies. She is the co-chair of the Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group at the American Academy of Religion. She is the author of Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro (Columbia UP, 2014). She is the co-author of Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience (Oxford UP, 2014) and the co-editor of Buddhism Beyond the Monastery: Tantric Practices and Their Performers in Tibet and Himalayas (Brill, 2009).

Courses she teaches include “Introduction to Buddhism,” “Buddhism and Gender,” “Buddhist Auto/biography,” “Tibetan Religion and Culture,” “Theory and Methods in the Study of Religion,” “Religion, Sexuality, and Celibacy,” and “Feminist Theory and the Study of Religion.”

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