Kati Fitzgerald is a PhD candidate in Comparative Studies. She received a BA from Barnard College in Theatre and performed two years of field work and study in Kathmandu, Nepal and Lhasa, Tibet. She completed a Fulbright performing dissertation fieldwork in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and is currently conducted a second year of research with the support of a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies. Her work focuses on female Buddhist practice in the former Nangchen Kingdom. She is especially interested in didactic tools used in oral lineage transmission and lay women's interpretations of Buddhist practice.