Ted's central interests lie in the transmission practices of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, particularly in the Unexcelled Yoga Tantra systems. He is particularly interested in concepts of legitimacy and authority with respect to visual, material and ritual cultures in Tibetan religious orders. Additionally, he is generally interested in notions of enlightened discourse and embodiment in Indian Buddhism. He currently has two articles under preparation for journal submission, "Phantom Bodhisattva: The Image of Avalokiteshvara in Early Mahayana Texts" and "Uncertain Grounds, Certain Fruits: dGelugs pa Apologetics in Response to the Second Dalai Lama's Objections to Discontinuities among Unexcelled Yoga Tantras." He also serves as the executive editor of the textbook series for the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.
Prior to coming to Columbia, Ted spent several years working with the Namgyal Monastery Institute for Buddhist Studies, where he coordinated the Dalai Lama's 2007 visit and served as the chair of the board of directors. He also compiled and edited the 2009 book, As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalachakra Tantra in Honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.