Christian is a philosopher and author of Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy (OUP, 2012). His current research is in the philosophy of mind, phenomenology of perception, naturalized epistemology, and Buddhist philosophy. His most recent work focuses on the intersections between phenomenology and cognitive science, and on classical Indian and Buddhist theories of perception. He is especially interested in the development of a framework for comparative approaches to philosophy of mind, and has recently co-directed (with Jay Garfield and Evan Thompson) an NEH Summer Institute exploring the convergence of analytic, phenomenological, and Buddhist perspectives in the investigation of consciousness. He is currently working on his second book entitled Sense, Self-Awareness, and Subjectivity.
Before joining the Philosophy Department at the College of Charleston, Christian taught in the Centre for Asian Societies and Histories at the Australian National University. He received his PhD from the Australian National University in 2005; he also holds a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Bucharest. While at ANU, he worked on a proof of concept model for parsing Sanskrit based on the Interlingua system (the project was funded by an ARC grant). He has been a visiting scholar at Queens' College, Cambridge (2000), L'Institut de Civilisation Indienne, Paris (2000), and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath (2001). Christian spent nearly four and a half years in India in the mid 1990s pursuing studies in Indian and Buddhist Philosophy. While in India, he was affiliated with the Asiatic Society in Calcutta (as a Research Fellow, 1995-1996), the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute and De Nobili College in Pune (1993), and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi (1996).
Christian grew up on the banks of the Danube in Galati, Romania; he lives in Charleston, South Carolina and is married to his colleague, philosopher and author Sheridan Hough.