Stephen Christopher

Institution: Tokyo Metropolitan University
Position: Lecturer
Location: Japan
Role at DRH: Expert
Area of Research: Global Tibetan Buddhism; Hindu tribes; Christianity


Stephen Christopher is a Marie-Curie postdoc at the University of Copenhagen (2022-24). In 2019, he was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto University. He has taught at Beijing Normal University, Vietnam National University in Hanoi, Pitt in the Himalayas in Mussoorie, the University of Bremen in Germany, Semester at Sea, Tokyo Metropolitan University and at Syracuse University, where he received a PhD in anthropology in 2018. He works on New Religious Movements, tribal politics, Tibetan Buddhism, spiritual therapies, global spirituality trends, and Christianization. His ethnographic work is primarily in India and Japan.

Database Contributions

Entry name ProgressPublished Date modified
Gaddi, a Hindu community of the Western Himalayas July 09, 2019
Tribal Christianity (and allied castes) in the Himalayas July 09, 2019
Supreme Master Ching Hai World Society July 16, 2020
Modern Mystery School (MMS) February 08, 2022