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:

2018 “Insults and Apologies in Early Indian Buddhism: The Etiquette of Everyday Monasticism.” Presented at SOAS South Asia Institute, London, UK, June 12.

2018 Kim Ridealgh and Christopher Handy. “The Problem with Politeness: Historical Pragmatics, Ancient Languages, and Questionable Applications." Presented at the HiSoN "Making Waves in Historical Sociolinguistics" conference, Leiden, the Netherlands, May 30–June 1.

2017 “The Language of Decorum in Early Indian Buddhism: Monastic Law and Social Face.” Presented at the CLASP V (Culture, Language, & Social Practice) conference, Boulder, Colorado, September 15–17.

2017 “Politeness and Propriety in Buddhist Monastic Law: Applying Face Theory to Vinaya Texts.” Presented at the 18th conference of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), Toronto, Ontario, August 20–25.