Assistant Professor of Religion

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B.A., Davidson College
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D., University of Virginia


Dr. Kilby's research, grounded in the study of Buddhism, explores intersections of religion and culture in Tibet as well as in global refugee communities. She is currently crafting a monograph about the development of letter-writing culture in early modern Tibet and its ramifications for political, literary, and religious life. As a Fulbright scholar, she undertook nine months of fieldwork in Tibet and China where she honed ongoing interests both in contemporary Tibetan religious life and in the status of Buddhism in the modern Chinese state.


Dr. Kilby teaches courses in Buddhism, religions of the world, and refugee studies.


"Bowing with Words: Paper, Ink, and Bodies in Tibetan Epistles." Journal of the American Academy of Religion, forthcoming in 2018.

“Buddha Dhamma.” In Religions of India, second edition. Edited by Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby. Routledge, 2017.

“Religion, Politics, and Bookworms: Tibetan Libraries in China Today.” Dissertation Reviews, January 2015.

Review of Revisiting Rituals in a Changing Tibetan World. Edited by Katia Buffetrille. Asian Highlands Perspectives, vol. 28: 363-369 (2013).

Review of Labrang Monastery: A Tibetan Buddhist Community on the Inner Asian Borderlands. By Paul Nietupski. In Asian Highlands Perspectives, vol.21: 497-500 (2012).

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