Annie Heckman

PhD Candidate

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Tibetan Buddhism 
  • Buddhist Monasticisms
  • Law and Religion


Annie Heckman is a doctoral candidate in University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion and Book History and Print Culture collaborative program. Born in Chicago, Heckman studied in the arts (BFA University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002; MFA New York University, 2006), teaching at DePaul University before turning to Tibetan language and literature (University of Chicago Graham School, 2013–14; MA University of Toronto 2016). She contributes to Bird of Paradise Press in Virginia and reviews Dunhuang manuscripts at McMaster University, where she was an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (2017– 2019). She was one among the first three recipients of the annual Tsadra Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Tibetan Buddhist Studies (2021–2022). Her dissertation focuses on a Tibetan digest of narratives for nuns’ rules in the Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya.