Dr. Ellen Posman



Associate Professor
Department of Religion
(440) 826-2176




9/95-6/04 University of California, Santa Barbara, California
Doctoral Degree in Religious Studies received in June, 2004
9/93-6/95  Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Master of Theological Studies degree received in June, 1995
9/88-6/92 Stanford University, Stanford, California
Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy/Religion received in June, 1992
Dissertation Title: "There's No Place Like Home: An Analysis of Exile in the Jewish
and Tibetan Buddhist Traditions"
Doctoral Field Exams: Southeast Asian/East Asian Buddhism (Ninian Smart, Committee Chair)
Indo-Tibetan Buddhism (Alan Wallace)
History of Judaism (Richard Hecht)
Comparative Methodology (Barbara Holdrege)
Dissertation Committee: Richard Hecht (Committee Chair)
Barbara Holdrege
Vesna Wallace
Languages: Reading Proficiency in French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan
Speaking Proficiency in Spanish, Hebrew, Tibetan


7/08-present Associate Professor. Religion Department, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.
 Courses include (among others):
  • Introduction to Religion
  • Religions of India
  • Religions of China and Japan
  • Death and Dying in the World�s Religions
  • Women and Religion
  • Religion and Violence
  • American Religious Pluralism
  • Buddhist Culture in Asia
  • Buddhism in America
  • The Jewish Liturgical Year
  • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Assistant Professor, Religion Department, Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, OH
 (See above for courses taught)
1/02-6/02  Teaching Associate. Religious Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
 Course instructor for "Biblical Hebrew."
3/01-6/01 Teaching Associate. Religious Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
 Course instructor for "Religious Traditions of India."

Adjunct Instructor. Antioch Buddhist Studies Program, Bodh Gaya, India
 Course instructor for "Beginning Tibetan Language" a
nd "Contemporary Buddhist Culture"
 for a program run in Bodh Gaya, India through Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio

6/99-8/99 Teaching Associate. Religious Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
 Course instructor for "Religion and Western Civilization:  The Ancient Period."
9/97-6/99 Teaching Assistant. Writing Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
 Course instructor for Writing 2, the equivalent of Freshman Composition
3/96-6/97 Teaching Assistant. Religious Studies Department, University of  World's Religions,"
 "Judaism, Christianity and Islam," "Religion and Western Civilization: The Modern Period,"
 "Hindu Myth and Image," "South Asian Buddhism," and "The Bodhisattva Ideal"


8/07 Research Scholar. Conducted ethnographic research on Tibetan Buddhist nuns in South India.
5/06 Research Scholar. Conducted Research in Turkey as part of an Interfaith Dialogue Group sponsored by the WPCC (Western Pennsylvania Cultural Center)
6/05 Research Scholar. Conducted Research in Israel and Palestine as part of faculty delegation from FFIPP (Faculty for Israeili-Palestinian Peace).
7/04-8/04 Research Scholar. Conducted ethnographic research on Chinese Buddhist Culture and American Buddhist Culture in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
9/99-6/00 Research Scholar. Conducted textual and ethnographic research regarding the Tibetan Buddhist exile in Dharamsala, India
2/97-6/97 Research Assistant. Research assistant for Dr. Randall Garr, Professor of Semitic languages and Near Eastern cultures, University of California, Santa Barbara.  Research tasks included compiling a bibliography of Rabbinic literature with an emphasis on the Mishnah and Mishnaic Hebrew
1/96-8/96 Research Assistant. Congregations and Generational Cultures Project, University of California, Santa Barbara in conjunction with Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.  Conducted ethnographic research on two congregations in Los Angeles while devoting particular attention to generational issues.
6/94-11/94 Research Assistant. Pluralism Project, Harvard University.   Documented the religious landscapes of Washington D.C. and  Minneapolis Minnesota, and conducted in-depth
ethnographic  research on the Tibetan Buddhist community of New York City

Forthcoming  Sacred Shame: History, Humiliation, and Religious Violence" in The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, Andrew R. Murphy, ed., Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Expected 2009
Forthcoming "Ritual: Entry in Encyclopedia of Religion and Film. Eric Mazur, ed. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. Expected 2009
3/2007 "Book Review: Women in Tibet." Book Review in the Journal of The American Academy of Religion. Published in the Spring issue
10/06 "Veggieburger in Paradise: Food as World-Transforming in Contemporary American Buddhism and Judaism." Chapter in Eating in Eden: Food and American Utopias. Etta M. Madden and Martha L. Finch eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 2006
4/06 "Building Bridges: Including Asian Religions in the Discussion of religiousViolence"  Paper presented at the Midwest Regional Conference of the AAR
11/05 "A Time to Mourn": An Analysis of Jewish and Hindu Rituals Related to Death and Mourning." Paper presented at the National Conference of the AAR
6/05 "Let�s Get Together: Post-exilic Reconstructions of Sacred Community In Judaism and Tibetan Buddhism." Article in Epoche: Journal of the Study of Religion at UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
3/05 "Prospects for Full Ordination of the Tibetan Ani"
Paper presented at the Revisioning Buddhism Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11/01 "Outside Looking In: Exilic vs. Diasporic Representations of the Homeland." Paper presented at the National Conference of the AAR
1999 Associate Editor. Realizing Emptiness: Madhyamaka Insight Meditation by Gen Lamrimpa, B. Alan Wallace translator. Ithaca, New York: Snow Lion Press
3/97 "Exiles in America: A study of the Tibetan U.S. Resettlement Project."  Paper presented at the Western Consultation of the AAR


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