Christian K. Wedemeyer

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Christian K. Wedemeyer
Christian Konrad Wedemeyer

1969 (age 51–52)
Gitanjali Kapila
(m. 1996; div. 2013)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisVajrayāna and Its Doubles (1999)
Doctoral advisorRobert Thurman
Academic work
DisciplineReligious studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago Edit this at Wikidata

Christian Konrad Wedemeyer (born 1969) is an American scholar and political and social activist.

He is Associate Professor of the History of Religions and Chair of the History of Religions Area at the Divinity School,[1] an associate member of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Assistant Marshal of the University of Chicago.

In February 2008, he was elected to a four-year term as Committeeman for the 5th Ward of the City of Chicago, Illinois (Green Party); and he was reappointed for a second term in 2012.[2] In June 2014, he was elected Secretary of the Cook County Green Party. From 2007 until 2011, he was co-chair of the Hyde Park Green Party, a local chapter of the Illinois Green Party, Green Party of the United States.[3]

His work within the field of the history of religions has largely been concerned with the history, literature, and ritual of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. In addition to historical and philological studies of Sanskrit and Tibetan religious literature, he has written on the historiography of Esoteric Buddhism and its antinomianism currents, textual criticism and strategies of legitimating authority in classical Tibetan scholasticism, and the semiology of esoteric Buddhist ritual.

He is an editor of the journal History of Religions, former Buddhism editor for Religious Studies Review (Blackwell), and serves on the editorial boards of, and acts in a consulting capacity for a number of academic journals and presses.[4]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2000, and elected to membership in the American Society for the Study of Religion in 2012. In 2010, he was elected to a three-year term as Co-chair of the Buddhism Section of the American Academy of Religion.[5] In 2013, he was elected to a second term as co-chair of the AAR Buddhism Section and elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the North American Association for the Study of Religion.[6] He is also a member (and former officer) of the American Oriental Society; and active in the International Association for Tibetan Studies and the International Association of Buddhist Studies.

In 2010–2011 he was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.[7]

He was awarded the 2013 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion (Historical Studies) for his book, Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions.[8]

He has consulted for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, CNN, the United States Department of Justice, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a number of European scientific organizations.



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  2. ^ "Directory of Elected Officials" (PDF). Cook County Clerk's Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
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  4. ^ "CV". Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  5. ^ "American Academy of Religion Program Unit Information". American Academy of Religion. Archived from the original on 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  6. ^ "North American Association for the Study of Religion". Archived from the original on 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  7. ^ "2010-11 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships". National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Dept. of Education. Archived from the original on 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  8. ^ "2013 American Academy of Religion Book Awards". American Academy of Religion. Retrieved 2013-08-10.


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