Monica Sanford

Monica Sanford

Assistant Dean for Multireligious Ministry
Lecturer in Ministry Studies
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  • BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • MDiv, University of the West
  • PhD, Claremont School of Theology


Monica Sanford joined Harvard Divinity School as assistant dean for multireligious ministry in September 2021. Sanford comes to HDS from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she became one of only two Buddhists in North America to lead a multireligious life department at a college or university.

Sanford is one of the first full-trained Buddhist practical theologians in the United States, having earned her PhD in practical theology from Claremont School of Theology. Sanford also holds an undergraduate degree in design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master of divinity degree from University of the West. Sanford is an ordained Buddhist lay minister in a Chan lineage and trained as a Buddhist chaplain. Her recent book, Kalyāṇamitra: A Buddhist Model for Spiritual Care (January 2021), is the first textbook for Buddhist chaplains.

Contact Information

Divinity 220
p: 617.496.0133


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