A graduate of Harvard University's Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies (2000), Kurtis R. Schaeffer is a professor in the History of Religions section of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and currently serves as chair of the department. Schaeffer’s work focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of Tibet. His recent publications include The Culture of the Book in Tibet. Schaeffer is a past co-director of the Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group in the American Academy of Religion and is currently leading a seminar on "Religion and the Literary in Tibet" at the AAR. He also serves as the book review editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. He is the recipient of Fulbright, Ryskamp, and Whiting fellowships.