My research is mainly focused in three areas: 1) computational linguistics, 2) Indian Buddhist monastic law (vinaya) and 3) historical politeness.

I wrote my dissertation on the concept of etiquette in vinaya (Buddhist monastic law) texts.

I wrote a general-purpose computer engine called aks for analyzing texts, which works on Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and other languages. See my GitHub page for more details.

I am especially interested in the concept of disgust and how it relates to the Buddhist worldview in general.

I am currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University as the principal software engineer for the ERC Open Philology project, which seeks to create automated text alignments for Buddhist texts in Tibetan, Chinese and Sanskrit.

Recent presentations:

2019 “Statistical Approaches to Tibetan / Chinese Alignment for Arbitrary Data Featuring Examples from the Mahāratnakūṭa Collection (MRK).” Presented at the 15th annual International Association for Tibetan Studies seminar, Paris, France, July 7–13.

2019 “Open Philology.” Presented at the Cyberinfrastructure and Platforms panel, AAS Tech Expo, Denver, Colorado, March 21–24.

2019 “Digital Linguistic Toolkits for South Asian Studies: Teaching Philologists to Code.” Presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, March 21–24.

2018 “Tibetan-Chinese-Sanskrit Text Alignment Using Intelligent Agents and Genetic Algorithms.” Presented at DADH 2018, the 9th International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities, New Taipei City, Taiwan, December 18–21.