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Joshua Shelton

Joshua is a doctoral student in Buddhist Studies with interests in gender and sexuality in tantric Buddhism, Indo-Tibetan Buddhist narrative literature, translation theory, queer theory, feminist theory, and the critical study of men and masculinities. His research focuses on the gendered dimensions of tantric ritual, narrative, and ideology in Tibetan Vajrayāna Buddhism, with particular interest in the ethical dimensions of tantric masculinities. He completed his M.A. in Buddhist Studies at CU Boulder under Holly Gayley, and his thesis "The Siddha Who Tamed Tibet: A Genealogy of Padmasambhava’s Tantric Masculinity in Two Early Namthar," offered a preliminary accounting of the tantric masculinity of Tibet's famed demon tamer, the medieval Indian tantric master Padmasambhava. He is currently developing that thesis into a chapter for the first volume on Buddhist Masculinities (edited by Kevin Buckelew and Megan Bryson, forthcoming). Prior to his M.A. at CU, Joshua earned his M.Div. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Naropa University, where his thesis, "Murky, Ambiguous, Fluid: Towards a Queer Buddhist Theological Deconstruction of Toxic Masculinity" was awarded High Honors. He completed his B.A. in Religious Studies and English Literature at Georgetown University. His advisor is Sarah Jacoby. 

Joshua currently serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies Lecture Series at Northwestern, which you can learn more about here.
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