Ulrich Pagel is the Seiyu Kiriyama Professor of Buddhist Studies at SOAS University of London. He serves also as Head, School of History, Religions and Philosophies. He previously worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Washington (Seattle) (1997–1999) and the British Library (Curator of the Tibetan Collections, 1993–1997). He also served two terms as General Secretary of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (2011 to 2019) and lead the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies as Editor-in-Chief (2010 to 2016).
His research interests include Buddhist Meditation practices in India and Tibet, Mahayana sutra literature, the culture and organisation of Indian Buddhist monasteries and Indian Buddhism more generally. Since 2012, Ulrich Pagel has convened the MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS, both leading the programme and contributing extensively to its teaching delivery. He has published six books and numerous articles.