GTU Newhall Fellow (Academic Year 2019-2020)
An alumnus of the Institute of Buddhist Studies (MA in Buddhist Studies class of 2016) and a current doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union, Thomas’s research has focused on the ways which Buddhist ideas and practices have been recontextualized in the American religious and intellectual landscape since the mid-nineteenth century.
Degrees and Credentials:
PhD in Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union (expected)
MA in Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union
BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies, University of North Texas
Research and Teaching Interests:
Buddhism in America
Buddhism & Science
Postcolonial Theory & Historiography
Religion in the Anthropocene
Philosophy & History of Science
Review of Secular Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for Uncertain Times by Stephen Batchelor, Reading Religion: A Publication of the American Academy of Religion, August 2018.
Review of Meditation, Buddhism, and Science by David L. McMahan & Erik Braun, Journal of Dharma Studies, vol 1, no. 1 (2018): 189-193.
“The Quantum Leap from Karma to Dharma: Moral Narrative in the Writings of Jon Kabat-Zinn,” Journal of Dharma Studies, vol 1, no. 1 (2018): 85-95.
With Scott A. Mitchell. “Buddhism in the West (North America and Europe)”. Oxford Bibliographies: Buddhism. Oxford University Press Online, 2018.
Review of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation and Philosophy by Evan Thompson, Journal of Global Buddhism, vol. 18 (2017): 45-50.
Review of Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy by Jay L. Garfield, Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, 3, no. 18 (2016): 223-230.
Introduction to Buddhism & Buddhist Studies (as Teaching Assistant)
Topics in Theravada Buddhism: Buddhism Under Colonialism