Benjamin Nourse

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Religious Studies

Professional Biography

I received my BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I studied Chinese literature and politics and began my training in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies. After graduating, I eventually found my way to Charlottesville, Virginia, where I worked for the Tibetan and Himalayan Library and pursued graduate work at the University of Virginia, culminating in a PhD in Religious Studies with a focus on Tibetan and Chinese religions.
I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of Denver teaching an assortment of courses on Buddhism and Asian Religions. I have lived and conducted research in India, Nepal, and China, including as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow in China in 2010-11. I have also been a Florence Tan Moeson Fellow at the Asian Division of the Library of Congress and an E. Ph. Goldschmidt Fellow and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School and have received grants from the University of Wisconsin Libraries and the Jefferson Trust.


  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2014
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2009
  • BA, Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002