R. Trent Pomplun

R. Trent  Pomplun

Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: World Religions and World Church


Ph.D. The University of Virginia

Research and Training Interests

Mission History, Tibetan Studies, Buddhist Studies, Late Medieval and Early Modern Scholasticism, History of Religions

Selected Publications

“The Alphabetum Tibetanum of Agostino Antonio Giorgi (1711–1797): Between Augustinianism and the History of Religions.”History of Religions 59 (2020): 193–221.

“Ippolito Desideri’s Tibetan Works and the Problem of ARSI Goa 74, fols. 47r-92v.” Revue d’Etudes tibétaines 52 (2019): 176–99.

“John Duns Scotus in the History of Medieval Philosophy from the Sixteenth Century to Étienne Gilson (†1978).” Bulletin de philosophie médiévale 58 (2016): 355–445.

“The Theology of Gerard Manley Hopkins: From John Duns Scotus to the Baroque.” The Journal of Religion 95 (2015): 1–34.

Jesuit on the Roof of the World: Ippolito Desideri’s Mission to Tibet. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.


Prof. Pomplun’s expertise extends from late medieval to modern thought, with special emphasis on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has published on the history of scholastic theology, Catholic missions in Asia, and Indo-Tibetan religion and culture. He is chiefly absorbed in the study of Ippolito Desideri, a Jesuit who lived in Tibet during the early eighteenth century. When not squinting at Tibetan manuscripts, he studies both eastern and western traditions of scholasticism.



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