Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa is Associate Professor of religious studies at Occidental College in the United States. In the past, she taught at Grinnell College in Iowa, and held a Robert H.N. Ho Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD from Australian National University and has also studied in China, India and New Zealand. She is the author of The Social Life of Tibetan Biography: Textuality, Community and Authority in the Lineage of Tokden Shakya Shri , a study of a Tibetan Buddhist teacher who was based in the Sino-Tibetan borderlands and developed a trans-Himalayan lineage that was a finalist for the American Academy of Religion Textual Studies Book Award. She has also other articles on community creation and cultural production between China and Tibetan cultural areas of the Himalayas in India, Nepal and Bhutan. She has carried out research on Tibetan Buddhist communities in Sichuan between 2014-2016, and has traveled extensively in China and its Himalayan border regions since 2000.