Katarina Turpeinen, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in Tibetan Studies at the Contemplative Sciences Center and Department of Religious Studies. She works on digital research collaboratives to document and analyze Tibetan contemplative practices.
Before joining the CSC team in 2020, Katarina was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught Tibetan language and Buddhism, in addition to working on her current book project on a Tibetan Great Perfection anthology of meditative practices, philosophy, and narratives. Prior to Berkeley, she taught Buddhism, Hinduism, and Religion at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and at the University of Virginia.
Katarina received her Ph.D.in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 2015. As part of her dissertation, she conducted four and half years of intensive field research in Tibetan monasteries in India and Nepal, where she studied Tibetan contemplative practices in the living context of the tradition.