Norihisa Baba is a Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo. He was a research associate at Drawing College of the University of Cambridge 2006 to 2008 and at Stanford University as a visiting scholar of Ho Center for Buddhist Studies from 2009 to 2010. His research interests include the history and thought of Indian Buddhism and Theravāda Buddhism; the relationship between Sri Lanka and East Asia; and Modern Discourse of Buddhism. His approach is comparative using the Pāli, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese texts. He has published several English language articles and Japanese books including The Formation of Theravāda Buddhist Thought: From the Buddha to Buddhaghosa, and Early Buddhism: Tracing the Buddha’s Thought. He is also recipient of several academic prizes such as the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies Prize, and the Japan Science Promotion Society Prize.