Steven Collins

Associate Faculty; Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Steven Collins works on the texts and civilizational history of Buddhism in premodern and modern South and Southeast Asia. His books include, mostly recently, The Vessantara Jātaka (ed., Columbia University Press Readings in Buddhist Literatures, 2016) as well as Selfless Persons: Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddhism; Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities: Utopias of the Pali Imaginaire; A Pali Grammar for Students; Nirvana: Concept, Imagery, Narrative; Civilization et femmes célibataires dans le bouddhisme en Asie du Sud et du Sud-est: Une “étude de genre”; and Self and Society: Essays on Pali Literature 1988–2010. He is currently writing a book on Civilization, Wisdom and Practices of the Self.