Renée Ford, a PhD student at Rice University, studies Tibetan Buddhism, with an emphasis of sūtric and tantric meditation practices of the rNying ma tradition. Her other research interests include performative and ritual theory, embodiment, cognitive sciences of religion, and Tibetan Buddhist epistemology. Renée holds a M.A. in Buddhist studies with Sanskrit and Tibetan Language from Nāropa University. Prior to her graduate studies at Rice University, Renée worked as an intern for Tsadra Foundation and studied Tibetan language with Dr. Jules Levinson. Her doctoral research will focus on how particular rNying ma tantric mediation practices engage embodied epistemology.