Executive Director

jack-petrankerJack Petranker holds a law degree from Yale and an M.A. in political theory from the University of California, Berkeley.  A former Dean of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, he has also served as North American Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (1988-92).  His own academic work is in the fields of consciousness studies and organizational change.  He has been director of Mangalam Research Center since its founding in 2009.
 
 

Academic Directors

Luis-GomezLuis Gómez, Ph.D., Yale, joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1973, where he founded one of the first Buddhist Studies program in the country and headed it until his retirement. Under his direction, the program became well-known for the linguistic training it demanded of its students. He now teaches at the Colegio de México. Gomez is a scholar of both South and East Asian Buddhism, and also works on Tibetan Buddhism; his many publications include The Land of Bliss: The Paradise of the Buddha of Measureless Light (1996), a translation of the Sukhāvatīvyūha Sūtras; and Studies in the Literature of the Great Vehicle: Three Mahāyāna Buddhist Texts (1989, with Jonathan Silk). He has a special interest in translation studies and is an active meditation teacher. Dr. Gómez also holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Michigan, 1998), and is a practicing clinician.

Michael-HahnMichael Hahn, Ph.D. and D. Litt. (1941-2014), University of Marburg, taught for 40 years at the Universities of Bonn and Marburg, and was a specialist in both Sanskrit poetry and Tibetan. He served as co-academic director of MRC until his death in 2014.

 

Researchers

Ligeia Lugli, Ph.D., University of London
Senior Researcher/BTW Co-Director

Ligeia Lugli has experience in the content-development of Digital Humanities projects in the field of Buddhist studies, experience in translating Buddhist texts from Sanskrit and profound interest in historical semantics and lexicography. She has been awarded a Newton International Fellowship to research lexico-semantic change in Sanskrit Buddhist literature at King’s College, London. Ligeia is co-director of the Buddhist Translators Workbench.

Alexandra Ciolak, B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Research Assistant

Alexandra Ciolak helps with citation collection and corpora paralleling for the Buddhist Translators Workbench. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2010 with a degree in Religious Studies and Art History, and has been studying Sanskrit over the past two years.

Other Staff Members

  • Ann Bergfors, Chief Operating Officer
  • Elizabeth Cook, M.A., Director of Library Services and Acquisitions
  • Linnea Christiani, M.L.S, Librarian
  • Adrian Roman, Administrative Assistant
  • Morgan Wells, Associate Director

Teams & Advisors

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  • José Cabezon, Chair, Dept. of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Paul Harrison, Co-Director Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Stanford University
  • Karen Lang, Director of Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia
  • Parimal Patil, Chair of Dept. of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
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  • Luis Gómez, Ph.D., Project Co-Director
  • Ligeia Lugli, Ph.D., Project Co-Director
  • Louis-Dominique Dubeau, Ph.D., Technology Director
  • Jack Petranker, M.A, J.D, Project Coordinator
  • Siglinde Dietz, Ph.D., Senior Editor
  • Bennett Buchanan, B.A., Project Assistant
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From the beginning of its operations, MRC has reached out to both established scholars and newly trained students just starting out in their careers. We are privileged to enjoy strong support from both Paul Harrison, Co-Director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, and Alexander von Rospatt, Chair of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, each of whom is generous in offering advice and guidance.

Since the summer of 2010, the following scholars have joined our Academic Directors and staff in Mangalam Research Center programs:
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  • Bill Ames, Independent Scholar
  • Dan Arnold, University of Chicago
  • Robert Buswell, UCLA
  • Michael Birkel, Earlham College
  • Jody Blanco, UC San Diego
  • Ken Brashier, Reed College
  • Ann Burlein, Hosfstra University
  • Stefan Baums, University of California, Berkeley (visiting professor)
  • Aurelia Campbell, Smith College
  • Paul Capetz, United Theological Seminar of the Twin Cities
  • Klaus Corcilius, UC Berkeley
  • Collett Cox, University of Washington
  • Jeffrey Durham, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • David Fiordalis, Linfield College
  • Alan Godlas, University of Georgia
  • Beata Grant, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Paul Hackett, Columbia University
  • Paul Harrison, Stanford University
  • Maria Heim, Amherst College
  • Padmanabh Jaini, University of California, Berkeley (emeritus)
  • Anthony Long, UC Berkeley
  • Geshe Lozang Jamspal, Columbia University
  • Karen Lang, University of Virginia
  • Jeffrey Mosher, Texas Tech University
  • Parimal Patil, Harvard University
  • Ellen Posman, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Eleanor Rosch, University of California, Berkeley (emerita)
  • Erika Rosenberg, UC Davis/Stanford University
  • Alexander von Rospatt, University of California, Berkeley
  • Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley
  • Gareth Sparham, University of Michigan
  • Phanuthep Sutthithepthamrong, Ohio University
  • Michael Turner, Hood Theological Seminary
  • Joerg Tuske, Salisbury University
  • Kevin Vose, The College of William and Mary
  • Asher Walden, UMass Dartmouth
  • William Waldron, Middlebury College
  • Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon, Emory University
  • Simon Wiles, Stanford University
  • Alice Wood, Bethune-Cookman University

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  • Evan Thompson, University of British Columbia

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France

  • Michel Bitbol, Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée, École Polytechnique
  • Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, University of Lausanne & École Pratique des Hautes Études

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Germany

  • Siglinde Dietz, University of Göttingen (emeritus), Germany
  • Jowita Kramer, Oxford University, U.K.
  • Carola Roloff (Bhiksuni Jampa Tsedroen), University of Hamburg
  • Markus Viehbeck, University of Heidelberg, Germany

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Japan

  • Florin Deleanu, International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, Tokyo, Japan
  • Shoryu Katsura, Ryukoku University, Japan
  • A. Charles Muller, Tōyō Gakuen University, Japan
  • Akira Saito, University of Tokyo

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Argentina

  • Carmen Dragonetti, National Council of Scientific Research, Argentina
  • Fernando Tola, Fundación Instituto de Estudios Budistas, Argentina

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Austria

  • Anne MacDonald, Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian Academy of Sciences

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United Kingdom

  • Lance Cousins, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, U.K
  • Rupert Gethin, University of Bristol, U.K.
  • Richard Gombrich, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, U.K.
  • Stefano Zacchetti, Oxford University

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The Netherlands

  • Peter Verhagen, University of Leiden, Netherlands

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Norway

  • Jens Braarvig, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Christoph Harbsmeier, University of Oslo, Norway

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Independent

  • Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Independent Scholar
  • Carl McColman, Independent Scholar
  • Louis Dubeau, Independent Scholar

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