M.A. & Ph.D. University of Michigan 2002
B.A. Marlboro College 1993
3114 Dwinelle Hall, Fall 2014: Tu 2-3pm, Th 12:30-1:30pm
Jacob Dalton holds a joint appointment in South and Southeast Asian Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures. He teaches Tibetan Buddhism. After working for three years (2002-05) as a researcher with the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library, he taught at Yale University (2005-2008) before moving to Berkeley. He works on Nyingma religious history, tantric ritual, paleography, and the Dunhuang manuscripts. He is the author of The Taming of the Demons: Violence and Liberation in Tibetan Buddhism (Yale University Press, 2011), and co-author of Tibetan Tantric Manuscripts from Dunhuang: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Stein Collection at the British Library (Brill, 2006). He is currently completing a history of tantric Buddhist ritual in Tibet, as seen through the eyes of the "Sutra Initiation" (Mdo dbang) tradition of the Nyingma school, and future plans include a study of tantric ritual in the Dunhuang manuscripts.