Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies (2017-2019)
Katarina Turpeinen is a Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies. She specializes in Indo-Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism, particularly the Tibetan Great Perfection tradition. Her dissertation analyzes and contextualizes an influential 14th century anthology, The Unimpeded Realization of Samantabhadra, revealed by Rindzin Gödem. During a four and half year period of doctoral research in India and Nepal, Katarina translated the anthology and studied the context of the Great Perfection while living in Tibetan monasteries. After Katarina received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, she taught at U.Va as an Adjunct Professor and at Vanderbilt University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Her other interests include Buddhist and Hindu philosophy, narratives and ritual. In the Spring of 2018, she is teaching a graduate seminar on translating Great Perfection texts.