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Joseph A. Marino, III

Graduate Student in Buddhist Studies, GPSS Representative

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M.A., International Studies (Comparative Religions), University of Washington, 2012
M.A., Comparative Studies (Religious Studies), Ohio State University, 2007
B.A. Comparative Studies (Religious Studies), Ohio State University, 2005
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I am a PhD Candidate in Buddhist Studies and a member of the Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project (, specializing in the history and literature of Buddhism in South and East Asia as well as the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion. I focus particularly on sūtra literature in Sanskrit, Pāli, Gāndhārī, and Classical Chinese.

 I employ a critical philological approach that includes translating and editing texts while considering the social, political, and historical contexts of their composition and reception. I recently defended my dissertation, Metaphor and Pedagogy in Early Buddhist Literature: An Edition and Study of Two Sūtras from the Senior Collection of Gāndhārī Manuscripts.

I have degrees in religious studies from the University of Washington (M.A.), where I studied Japanese religions and Buddhist visual culture, and Ohio State University (M.A., B.A.), where I studied cultural theory and contemporary western paganism.

I am from Youngstown, Ohio.

GSA President, 2016-2017


Duties: This office coordinates with the other officers responsible for various activities throughout the year, and calls elections when the new academic year begins.

Contact me if: You are interested in becoming an officer next year. You aren’t sure to which other officer to address your question.