Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

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


Dr. Kilby's research explores intersections of religion and culture in Tibetan Buddhism. She is currently crafting a monograph about the development of Buddhist 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. She has published book reviews and a web article on the rewards and pitfalls of archival research in China's Tibetan-language libraries.


Dr. Kilby teaches courses in Buddhism, world religions, and religious life in contemporary Tibet and China.

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