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Charles Hallisey

Dr. Charles Hallisey is a Professor at Harvard Divinity School and the Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures. He received his Ph.D. at University of Chicago and previously taught in the Department of Theology at Loyola University in Chicago, and at Harvard University, where he was John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the Committee on the Study of Religion and the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies from 1996 to 2001.


Devin Zuckerman

Devin is a graduating M.Div student at Harvard Divinity School in Buddhist studies.

Alexis Bader

Alexis Bader is a Ph.D. candidate in Buddhist Studies at Harvard University’s Committee on the Study of Religion. She holds an MTS in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School, an MA in English from Middleburg College, and a BA in Religious Studies from Trinity College. Her research interests include the application of literary theory to textual analysis and the function of figurative language in Buddhist scriptures.

Eunice McMurray

Eunice McMurray holds degrees in Biology (B.A.) and Medical Sciences (M.M.Sc.) from Harvard University. She has worked for several years as a faith-based community organizer in the Boston area, and is particularly interested in the intersection of race and religion.


Ryann Tagle is the video editor for World Religions Through Their Scriptures, and has been a part of the HarvardX media team for roughly two and a half years. He recently graduated from Emerson College, where he studied Visual and Media Arts and was able to gain experience working in various roles both in on-set production to post-production. While Ryann is devoted to editing, he is deeply interested in exploring new methods of creating video for educational purposes and loves being able to learn more about the world in the process.


Zachary Davis works at HarvardX where he focuses on building open online courses in the humanities. Previously at the metaLAB (at) Harvard and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Zachary is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he majored in International Relations and Philosophy. 

Upali Sramon

I am from Bangladesh and studied for about 11 years in Sri Lanka before coming to the USA. I am graduating from HDS with MDiv in May this year. I am going to do my PhD. (religious studies) at Emory University.

Georgia Kashnig

I studied anthropology and religion at New College of Florida, and for my undergraduate thesis I spent six months in Dharmsala, India doing ethnographic research with a group of Himalayan Buddhist nuns at Jamyang Choling Nunnery. I received a Fulbright Fellowship in anthropology in 2009 and spent one year conducting research with Tibetan refugees in Switzerland. After coming back to the States, I lived for three years at Butsugenji, a Soto Zen temple in Eugene, Oregon. In fall of 2013 I came to Harvard Divinity School to study Buddhism, and I graduated in spring 2016 with a Masters of Theological Studies. This coming fall I will be continuing my studies at Harvard in the Regional Studies East Asian master's program.

Charlie Carstens

Charlie Carstens is a Ph.D. candidate in Buddhist Studies at Harvard University’s Committee on the Study of Religion. He holds an MTS in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a BA in Economics from Carleton College. Charlie is currently researching notions of loyalty, power, ritual, aesthetics, identity, and governance in pre-colonial Burmese Buddhist literature.

Kate Hartmann

Kate Hartmann is a doctoral student in Buddhist Studies in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. Her research focuses on debates about the nature of pilgrimage in sixteenth and seventeenth century Tibet.


Hannah Jung is soon to be a Ph.D. student in History. She has a master's degree in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory and a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies.