Matthew T. Kapstein

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
Philosophy of Religions and History of Religions

The Divinity School of the University of Chicago

Matthew T. Kapstein has taught at the University of Chicago
from 1986 to 1989, and
again since 1996. In between, he was a member of the Department of Religion at Columbia University in the City of New York. Since 2002, he has also served on the faculty of religious studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, where he directs, too, the research team devoted to Tibetan Studies at the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l'Asie orientale.  His recent and current course offerings at the University of Chicago Divinity School will be found here

Kapstein's fields of study are Indian philosophy and the Buddhist traditions of Tibet. His current list of publications includes references to work in both of these areas. In addition, he is co-editor of the quarterly journal History of Religions, and of the online Oxford Bibliographies of Buddhism.
Samples of Kapstein's photographic work in Tibet may be found at His current research on Tibetan manuscript culture is surveyed in his 2012 Khyentse Lecture, "Tibet in the Age of Manuscripts."


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