Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington
147 Bay State Road, Suite 508
Boston, MA 02215
Fall 2017 Office Hours:  Wed 11:45-1, or by appointment


Dr. Harrington received her received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Columbia University in 2002 and subsequently taught Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Asian Religions, Buddhist Art and Comparative Asian Medical Traditions at Trinity College and Wesleyan University. Her interests also include Tibetan Buddhism in the United States. Professor Harrington’s research focuses on the study of Buddhist material culture, with a particular emphasis on the role of embodiment and emotion in the production of religious belief. Her research interests also include the impact of so-called “modernity” discourse on the study of Tibet. Professor Harrington’s recent publications include a translation of a Tantric commentary by the second Dalai Lama of Tibet, and an exploration of a Tibetan Buddhist ritual through the lens of cognitive aesthetics.

Current CV


  • CAS RN 106 Death and Immortality
  • CAS RN 204/AH 204 Buddhist Art of Asia
  • CAS RN 210 Buddhism
  • CAS RN 375/RN 675/AN 375/AN 775  Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia