Constance Kassor (she/her)

Connie in Nepal with students, contemplating a painting of the Buddhist cycle of life and rebirth
Campus Address
Main Hall
Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Special Assistant to the President

Dr. Constance Kassor teaches courses on Buddhist thought and Asian religious traditions. Her research primarily focuses on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, and her forthcoming book, Accounting for Awakened Awareness, explores the philosophy of the 15th-century Tibetan scholar Gorampa Sonam Senge. She has spent several years living with Buddhist communities in India and Nepal, and she regularly offers courses at LU that involve travel to these countries.

Connie is also interested in issues related to women and gender minorities in Buddhist traditions, as well as the intersections of Buddhism, race, and justice. In addition to her scholarly publications, she has written for Lion’s Roar and Tricycle, and has recently published an audio course on Asian religious traditions for The Great Courses and Audible.

BA, Philosophy and Buddhist Studies, Smith College (2005)
PhD, Religious Studies, Emory University (2014)
Years at Lawrence