Christian is a philosopher and author of Perceiving Reality: Consciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy (OUP, 2012), which was nominated for the American Philosophical Association Young Scholar Book Prize in the Spring of 2013. His current research focuses on perception and consciousness, and the contemporary reception of the Dignāga-Dharmakīrti school of Buddhist epistemology. He is especially interested in the development of a framework for comparative approaches to philosophy of mind, and has recently co-directed an NEH Summer Institute exploring the convergence of analytic, phenomenological, and Buddhist perspectives in the investigation of consciousness.
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 research 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.