Jensine Andresen (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1997) is a Associate Research Scholar in
the Department of Religion at Columbia University in NYC. She previously taught
at comparative world religions and religion and science at both Boston
University and the University of Vermont. Dr. Andresen holds a B.S.E. in Civil
Engineering from Princeton University; a Certificate from the Woodrow Wilson
School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; an M.A. in
Cultural Anthropology focusing on China from Columbia University; and an A.M.
and Ph.D. from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University,
where she focused on medieval Buddhist philosophy and practice in India and
At Boston University, where the Issues for the Millennium conference
took place, Dr. Andresen taught in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in
Science, Philosophy, and Religion. Her research there focused on bioethics as it
relates to social justice and humanitarian concerns, such as those that surround
the AIDS crisis in Africa and the world. Her work at BU addressed the interface
of theology and public policy as it relates to xenotransplantation, gene
therapy, human cloning, stem cell research, and intellectual property rights.
Also while at BU, she conducted research on the role of the frontal lobes in
mediating the relationship between spirituality and health. While at BU, Dr.
Andresen also edited two volumes on the interface of cognitive science and
religious experience, Religion in Mind: Cognitive Perspectives on Religious
Belief, Ritual, and Experience (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press,
2001); and Spiritual Models and Cognitive Maps: Interdisciplinary Explorations
of Religious Experience (London: Imprint Academic, 2000). She also served as
Director of InterFASE (International Faith & Science Exchange) , an
organization committed to furthering dialogue between science and religion in
the Boston area and elsewhere throughout the world.
At Columbia University, Dr. Andresen has been focusing on developing a
psychoanalytic interpretation of Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana doctrine and
practice as she has worked on translating the Sanskrit commentary on a medieval
Indian Buddhist Vajrayana text called the Srilaghu Kalacakratantra. She has also
worked extensively on the relationship between the phenomenology of
contemplation in the Tibetan Rdzgoschen (Great Perfection) system as it
relates to contemporary findings in physics. Combining psychoanalytic,
postmodern, and phenomenological approaches to the encounter of so-called self
and other, she works to understand the interpenetrative arising of cosmology,
biology, and awareness.
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