Geoffrey Goble joined the OU faculty in the fall of 2016 after teaching at Washington University in St. Louis and at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. Dr. Goble earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Indiana University and he holds a M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Letters and with a minor in Chinese.
Dr. Goble specializes in Buddhist traditions and has expertise in Chinese and Tantric Buddhism. He is especially interested in the cross-cultural movement of Buddhist traditions and the social, political, and interpretive factors involved in such movements.
Dr. Goble's current book project focuses on the early introduction and reception of Tantric Buddhism in China. This study examines the interaction of Tantric Buddhist practitioners with Chinese emperors and actors in state institutions, with Daoist traditions, Chinese military traditions, and historical Chinese constructions of foreign people and foreign cultures.
At OU, Dr. Goble teaches Introduction to Religious Studies, Introduction to Buddhism, and Introduction to Daoism as well as courses on Zen Buddhism and Tantric Buddhism.