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Adjunct assistant professor, University of New England

Pema (birth name Dallas J. Baker) is an adjunct associate professor at UNE.
Pema is also a creative writer with work published in a wide range of journals and anthologies, and has dozens of scholarly articles published on topics such as scriptwriting, queer writing, the ethics of the self, and Buddhism. Pema is also the author of the fantasy fiction series The Faeden Chronicles (, written under the pen name D.J. McPhee. Pema has also published a collection of scripts for stage and screen, Ghosts of Leigh and Other Plays (LineWright, 2018), the titular work of which was also produced and staged at the historic Empire Theatre in 2018. As an editor, Pema has worked on numerous international projects including the scholarly anthologies Publishing & Culture (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2019) and Recovering History through Fact and Fiction: Forgotten Lives (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017). Most recently, Pema was compiler and editor of The Heroic Heart, the latest book by internationally renowned Buddhist nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (Shambhala Publishing, 2022).

Pema is the Buddhist chaplain at the University of Southern Queensland, Co-Director of Jalü Buddhist Meditation Centre ( and is an internationally recognised Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition. Along with Jamyang Tenphel, Pema is also co-author of Resting in Stillness, a collection of pithy advice about meditation, compassion and Buddhist perspectives on the true nature of mind (

Pema's current research interests are non-fiction writing (Buddhist), Buddhist notions of gender, and writer-driven publishing.

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  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland


  • 2013 
    Griffith University, PhD