University of California, Berkeley South Asian Studies

Petra is a PhD Candidate in South Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned her second Master of Arts (MA) after an MA from Dharma Realm Buddhist University. She holds a BA in Theatre from Lewis and Clark College. As a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellow, Petra will be affiliated with Kathmandu University’s Rangjung Yeshe Institute. Her dissertation project examines Newar Sanskrit Buddhist narrative literature associated with a set of twelve sacred bathing sites (tīrthas) of the Kathmandu Valley, as well as related paintings and practices.