Ana Cristina O. Lopes is Researcher in Residence at The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford. She is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in the transnationalization of Tibetan Buddhism and has conducted extensive fieldwork research throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Ana Cristina is the author of Tibetan Buddhism in Diaspora: Cultural re-signification in practice and institutions (New York and London: Routledge, 2015), which explores the dynamics of the re-signification of Tibetan Buddhism in global settings.
Her current research interests center on the interface between Buddhism, science, and technology in the contemporary world. Ana Cristina is working on two main lines of investigation. Firstly, she is exploring the impact that laboratory experiments on contemplative practices and its diverse applications has had on the reception of Buddhism in the global context and, in particular, on the way we understand our highest potential as human beings and what it means to lead a fulfilling life in contemporary societies. Secondly, she is investigating how the encounter with modern technology is changing the way Buddhism is spreading throughout the world. In particular she is exploring the case of Tara's Triple Excellence, a program of Tibetan Buddhist practice that is available through the internet in seven European languages, Nepali and Chinese. Ana Cristina is interested in examining the way this program is changing how practitioners relate to Tibetan Buddhism, while also preserving core elements of this tradition.
Ana Cristina came to Stanford from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was on faculty at the Department of Religious Studies. She has also taught at the University of Virginia.

Academic Appointments

  • Soc Sci Res Assoc, Buddhist Studies