Annabella Pitkin is Assistant Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at Lehigh University. She is also a core faculty member of Lehigh’s Asian Studies and Global Studies Programs. Her research focuses on Tibetan Buddhist modernity and Buddhist biographies, and more broadly on transnational Buddhism, Buddhist lineage systems, and religion, pop culture, and gender in East Asia.
She received her B.A. from Harvard and Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia, and has traveled extensively in the Himalayan region and China, including visits to Sichuan in 2013, 2006, and 2005. Dr. Pitkin received a Social Science Research Council Fellowship in 2012-13 for Transregional Research in Asia.
Her most recent publication is “The ‘Age of Faith’ and the ‘Age of Knowledge’: Secularism and Modern Tibetan Accounts of Yogic Power,” in Himalaya, Spring 2016, special issue on “The Secular in Tibet.” She is currently preparing a book manuscript titled Beggar Modern: Memory, Asceticism and Love in the Lives of a 20th Century Tibetan Buddhist Saint.