|Associate Professor||Contact||Areas of Interest|
Department for the Study of Religion
170 St George Street, Room 302
Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
Frances Garrett is Associate Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, and Associate Chair of the Department for the Study of Religion, where she has taught since 2003. Her research focuses on Tibetan religious history and its relations with other forms of Tibetan intellectual and literary culture, especially medicine. Her work has addressed the implications of controversies over human development in Tibetan scholasticism, how Tibetans reconcile medical physiology with Buddhist descriptions of the body, and the formation of intellectual and literary disciplinarity. She has also worked on the Gesar epic, and is now beginning a project focused on contemporary and historical stories about Himalayan mountains, as told by Tibetans, Sherpas, and international mountaineers and pilgrims. She has lived for a number of years in various parts of India, Tibet, and China. Dr. Garrett grew up in Oregon, received a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1989 and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 2004. At the University of Toronto, she is also a member of the Asian Institute, the Centre for South Asian Studies, and the Knowledge Media Design Institute. She was the 2010-2011 Director of the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative.
- Undergraduate and graduate level courses on Buddhist Studies, Tibetan Buddhism, and Tibetan language and literature.