Assistant Professor, Buddhist Studies
Religious Studies
Benjamin James Nourse

Assistant Professor, Buddhist Studies

 303-871-3539 (Office)

Sturm Hall, 2000 East Asbury Avenue Denver, CO 80208

What I do

I am an Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies in the Religious Studies department teaching an assortment of courses on Buddhism and Asian Religions.

Professional Biography

I received my BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I studied Chinese literature and politics and began my training in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies. After graduating, I eventually found my way to Charlottesville, Virginia, where I worked for the Tibetan and Himalayan Library and pursued graduate work at the University of Virginia, culminating in a PhD in Religious Studies with a focus on Tibetan and Chinese religions. I have lived and conducted research in India, Nepal, and China, including as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow in China in 2010-11. I have also been a Florence Tan Moeson Fellow at the Asian Division of the Library of Congress and an E. Ph. Goldschmidt Fellow at the Rare Book School and have received grants from the University of Wisconsin Libraries and the Jefferson Trust. I am currently Senior Fellow with the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School.


  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2014
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2009
  • BA, Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • International Association for Tibetan Studies
  • Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography