Faculty

RYI’s faculty is an inspiring mix of khenpos and lopons from the Tibetan monastic tradition, PhD faculty from the Western academic tradition, experienced language teachers (both native speakers and international instructors), and interpreters from Tibetan into English. Each year, RYI hosts visiting faculty from international universities who teach for a semester or an academic year. 

RYI’s regular PhD faculty come to us from Oxford University, University of Chicago, McGill University, and Harvard University. RYI’s monastic faculty studied at the Sangye Yeshe Monastic College and the Ngagyur Nyingma University. Past visiting faculty came from a variety of schools, including Emory University, Université de Lausanne, Boston College, University of Vienna, University of Hamburg, McGill University, Agnes Scott College, Williams College, and Humboldt State University (USA). 

RYI faculty are dedicated to helping students to master the fundamentals and then challenge themselves with more rigorous academic demands. Critical thinking, thoughtful reflection, academic writing, contextualization, and analytical skills are all encouraged and cultivated.

Joanne Larson
Director of Programs


Karin Meyers
Associate Professor

Philippe Turenne
Associate Professor

James Gentry
Assistant Professor

Kashinath Nyaupane
Sanskrit Instructor

Greg Sharkey
Associate Professor

Joost Palenstijn
Translator

Miguel Sawaya
Translator

Pavitra Paudyal
Nepali Language Instructor

Tenzin Phuntsok
Tibetan Instructor

Andy Krakower
Nepali Instructor

Cyntia Font
Tibetan Instructor

Benjamin Collet-Cassart
Classical Tibetan Instructor

Anna Zilman
Translator

Khenpo Gyaltsen
Senior Monastic Professor

Khenpo Tsondru Sangpo
Senior Monastic Professor

Khenpo Urgyen Tenpel
Senior Monastic Professor

Khenpo Karma Gyurme
Senior Monastic Professor

Thomas Doctor
Senior Academic Advisor

Andreas Doctor
Senior Academic Advisor

John Dunne
Senior Academic Advisor

John Makransky
Senior Academic Advisor

Hilary Herdman
Adjunct Faculty

Tracy Joosten
Adjunct Faculty

Connie Kassor
Adjunct Faculty