Scholar of Buddhism and Religion in American pop culture, currently teaching courses on similar topics at the University of San Diego.
Joel Gruber earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, specializing in Tibetan Buddhist biography, history, and doctrine. He currently teaches courses covering a wide array of topics at the University of San Diego, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese religions, and religious studies theory. He has published numerous journal articles and short essays on an equally diverse range of topics, including Tibetan Buddhism, Sino-Tibetan politics, Buddhism in the West, religion and pop culture, and Occultism. Joel is currently working on a forthcoming book on an enigmatic medieval saint purported to have influenced the religio- cultural history of Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese Buddhism.