Matthew King

Assistant Professor

INTN 2042
(951) 827-7971

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Toronto

M.A. Religious Studies, University of Toronto

Hon. B.A. Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Toronto


Association for Asian Studies, Best Graduate Student Paper on China and Inner Asia, 2013

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 2010-2013

Julia Ching Memorial Fellowship in Chinese Thought and Culture, 2012

Khyentse Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, 2012

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation Lotus Scholarship, 2011

Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion Doctoral Field Research Scholarship, 2010

Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2009-2011

Arts and Science Language Study Grant (University of Toronto), 2009

Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Graduate, First Place in Student Essay Contest 2009

Research Area

Languages: Tibetan, Mongolian, French, German.

Academic Publications

Articles (Peer Reviewed)

With Pamela Klassen. “Suppressing the Mad Elephant: Missionaries, Lamas, and the Mediation of Sacred Historiographies in the Tibetan Borderlands,” History and Anthropology. (approved 09/2014)

With Frances Garrett et al. “Narratives of Hospitality and Feeding in Tibetan Ritual,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 81 (2): 491-515.

Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

“Modernities, Sense-Making, and the Inscription of Mongolian Buddhist Place,” Buddhism in Mongolian History, Society, and Culture, ed. Vesna Wallace. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (approved 05/2014)

“Like Giving Milk to a Snake: A Socialism of the Buryat-Mongol Buddhist Imaginary,” Buddhist Socialisms in Asia: An Historical Perspective, ed. Patrice Ladwig. London; New York: Routledge. (approved 06/2014)

“The Buddha Hidden Below the Sand: Youth, Identity and Narrative in the Revival of Mongolian Buddhism,” in Change in Democratic Mongolia: Social Relations, Health, Mobile Pastoralism, and Mining, ed. Julian Dierkes. Leiden: Brill. pp. 17-30. (2012)

Scholarly Research Reviews

“Central Asian Buddhism,” The Oxford Handbook Series (forthcoming 2014)

“Buddhist Economics,” The Oxford Handbook Series (forthcoming 2014)

Book Reviews

Katherine Swancutt. 2012. Fortune and the Cursed: The Sliding Scale of Time in Mongolian Divination. New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books. Asian Ethnology (approved 11/2013).

Anne Chayet, Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Françoise Robin, and Jean-Luc Achard, eds., Edition, Éditions: L’Écrit au Tibet, Évolution et Devenir. (eds.). Collectanea Himalayica 3. In Journal of the American Oriental Society 132 (1) (Jan-Feb. 2012): 103-5.

Other Forthcoming Publications (2014-2015)

“Surveys of Monastic Colleges as Polemic in Zawa Damdin’s Golden Book (T. gser gyi deb ther; M. altan dewter),” Mongolian Studies 35 (2014/2015).

“The Search for an ‘Historical’ King Gesar Between Monastery and Academy in Modernizing Inner Asia,” Himalaya (2014-2015). 

Works in Progress (2015)


Book Length Manuscript tentatively titled ‘Like Mixing Water and Milk:   Buddhism and Knowledge Between Imperialism and Socialism in Inner Asia’.

Articles (Peer Reviewed)

“The ‘Pilgrimage of Faxian’ in Translation and On the Move in Revolutionary Mongolia” (forthcoming)

“Emancipation or Decay?: The Time of Social Imagination in Revolutionary Mongolia ” (forthcoming)

“Why Don’t We Write About Shukden (rDo rje shugs ldan)? The Dorje Shukden Schism, and Formative Allegiances in the Academic Study of Buddhism.” (forthcoming)