Judith Simmer-Brown is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University. She has expertise in Tibetan Buddhism, Women and Buddhism, Buddhist-Christian dialogue, Western Buddhism and Contemplative Education. She is an Acharya — a senior Buddhist teacher — in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and was a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She serves on the Board of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, and is on the steering committee of the Contemplative Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion. Previously she was a member of the Lilly Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter.
Simmer-Brown, Judith and Fran Grace (2011). Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies. SUNY Press. ISBN 1438437889
Simmer-Brown, Judith (2001). Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 1-57062-720-7 Also published in Spanish, French, Dutch, and Polish translations.
Simmer-Brown, Judith (1999). "Commitment and Openness: A Contemplative Approach to Pluralism," in The Heart of Learning: Spirituality and Education, edited by Steven Glazer. New York: Penguin Putnam, Inc.
Simmer-Brown, Judith (2000). "A Buddhist Approach to Pluralism: The Dialogue Relationship," Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars, edited by Roger Jackson and John Makransky. Honolulu: Curzon Press.
Simmer-Brown, Judith (2006). “The Prospects for a Bhikṣunī Saṅgha in Tibetan Buddhism,” in Buddhist Studies from India to America: Essays in Honor of Charles S. Prebish, edited by Damien Keown. New York and London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2006.