Stephen F. Teiser

Professor of Religion
D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies
Office Phone
241 - 1879 Hall
Office Hours

Field of Study
Asian Religions


Stephen F. Teiser, who joined the Department of Religion in 1988, is D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies and Professor of Religion. His work traces the interaction between cultures along the silk road using textual, artistic, and material remains. He is interested in the transformations of Buddhism throughout Asia and focuses on Chinese-language materials. His most recent book is a monograph (in Chinese) on Buddhism and the study of ritual, Yilu yu fojiao yanjiu (Sanlian Publishers, 2022). Other books include an English translation of Chunwen Hao’s Dunhuang Manuscripts: An Introduction to Texts from the Silk Road (2020); Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples (2006), awarded the Prix Stanislas Julien by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Institut de France; The Scripture on the Ten Kings and the Making of Purgatory in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (1994); The Ghost Festival in Medieval China (1988). His courses cover the religions of China, the history of Buddhism, Chinese Buddhist texts, Dunhuang manuscripts, and approaches to the study of religion. In 2014 he was co-recipient (with Jacqueline I. Stone) of the Graduate Mentoring Award from Princeton’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, and in 2022-23 he is Old Dominion Professor in the Humanities Council.