Robert Gimello

Department of Theology, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Professor, Theology & EALC
331 Malloy Hall

  • B.A., M.A., Seton Hall University; Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Post-Doctoral Study at Tokyo University Research Profile

A specialist in the history of Buddhism focusing particularly on medieval and early modern Buddhist thought — primarily in China but also in India, Japan, and Korea — Gimello also pursues long-standing interests in comparative theology, the theology and the philosophy of mysticism, and the relationship between religion and visual culture. Coming to Notre Dame after nine years at Harvard, and having taught previously at the University of Arizona, UC Santa Barbara, Dartmouth, and several Buddhist and secular universities abroad, he is now especially concerned, as a member of a Catholic university, to contribute to the formulation of robustly Catholic theological perspectives on Buddhism. Gimello looks forward also to assisting in the expansion of the presence of Asia and Asian religions in the increasingly global scope of Notre Dame's general undergraduate and graduate curricula. Chief among his current projects is the completion of a book on esoteric ("Tantric") Buddhism in China.