If you want a complete picture of the published information available on your favorite subjects, you must remember also the numerous thesis and dissertations that are published each year. These often include extensive, highly specific, and usually trustworthy information on certain subjects, however – until they are later published as monographs – thesis and dissertations are usually not accessible via most library catalogues or booksellers and therefore often overlooked. So much for a quick instruction in information literacy…

I recently ran a quick search on the most recent dissertations on Buddhism and related topics in the ProQuest Dissertations database and found some interessting and original works I want to share with you below. The bibliographic information comes together with the link to the respective abstract, fulltexts however are unfortunately available only through UMI Dissertations Publishing.

Please note that ProQuest includes mainly those dissertations which are published in the United States and that the search results thus pertain mainly to American universities.

Alpert, Avram. Practices of the global self: Idealism, Transcendentalism, and Buddhist Modernism in the era of colonization. University of Pennsylvania, 2014. [Link]

Bloom, Elisabeth P. Mindfulness Meditation and Acceptance: The Lived Experience of Psychotherapist Practitioners. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013. [Link]

Chang, Robert Y. Mediating the Dharma, Attuning the Sensorium: Technologies of Embodiment and Personhood Among Nonliberal Buddhists in North America.New York University, 2014. [Link]

Fisher, Daniel Clarkson. Benefit beings!: The Buddhist Guide to Professional Chaplaincy. University of the West, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2013. [Link]

Giblin, Marissa D. The Healing Power of Acknowledging the Interconnection of Science and Spirituality. Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013. [Link]

Hagan, Shannon E. Experienced Buddhist Practitioners Who Sought Psychotherapy: An Exploration of Antecedents and Benefits. California Institute of Integral Studies, 2014. [Link]

Hayashi, Itsuki. Rehabilitating Momentariness: A Critical Revision of the Buddhist Doctrine of Momentariness.University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2013. [Link]

Kucinskas, Jaime. Change Without Confrontation: The Making of Mainstream Meditation. Indiana University, 2014. [Link

Marchevsky, Thomas Alejandro. Clear Light Dreams and Sleep: An Interview Study of Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen Masters. Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, 2013. [Link]

Miller, Willa Blythe. Secrets of the Vajra Body: Dngos po’i gnas lugs and the Apotheosis of the Body in the work of Rgyal ba Yang dgon pa. Harvard University, 2013. [Link]

Patton, Thomas Nathan. Bearers of Wisdom, Sources of Power: Sorcerer-saints and Burmese Buddhism. Cornell University, 2014. [Link]

Piacenza, Joanna. Mobile Mindfulness: Practicing Digital Religion on Smartphones with Buddhist Meditation Apps.
University of Colorado at Boulder, 2013. [Link]

Vallor, Molly. No Place Called Home: The Works of Zen Master Muso Soseki (1275-1351). Stanford University, 2013. [Link]

Zuniga, David M. Buddhist-based Mindfulness in Psychology: A Theory of Personality and Therapeutic Intervention. Fielding Graduate University, 2014. [Link]

By the way, another excellent ressource for the latest information on dissertations that focuss on certain topics is http://dissertationreviews.org/. They have special subsections for Tibetan and Himalayan StudiesSouth Asian Studies, and Religious Studies.