Rafal K Stepien
Rafal K Stepien is a scholar of religion, philosophy, and literature. His research is inter-disciplinary, cross-regional, and poly-glottic, ranging among Buddhist and Islamic texts composed in Sanskrit, Chinese, Arabic, and Persian. Thus, he has been the Soudavar Memorial Research Scholar in Persian Studies at Cambridge, the Cihui Foundation Faculty Fellow in Chinese Buddhism at Columbia, and is now the Berggruen Research Fellow in Indian Philosophy at Oxford, where he will be completing a monograph in his primary fields of expertise: Indian and Chinese Buddhist ontology, epistemology, and ethics.
Stepien is Assistant Professor of Asian Religions at Hampshire College. He holds degrees from the University of Western Australia, Oxford, Cambridge, and Columbia, and has undertaken further studies at Harvard, Bologna, Damascus, Tehran, Peking, and Hong Kong Universities, among others. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Oriens, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, and the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, and has won many awards, including from the Mellon Foundation; Institute for Religion, Culture, & Public Life; and Association for Asian Studies.