Todd holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has also completed a degree in Traditional Tibetan Medicine from the Shang Shung Institute of America School of Tibetan Medicine, as well as studies in advanced topics of Tibetan Medicine at the Qīnghǎi University College of Tibetan Medicine and a clinical internship at the Qīnghǎi Tibetan Medical Hospital in Xīning, China.
At Notre Dame, Todd plans to draw on theoretical and methodological approaches of linguistic and medical anthropology in order to research the dialectical relationship between changing language practices and emergent forms of medical practice amongst Amdo Tibetans living in Qīnghǎi Province, China. Todd is broadly interested in linguistic, sociocultural, and medical anthropology, semiotics, language and cognition, Tibetan Medicine and the historical and ethnographic literature on Tibet and China. Todd has advanced to candidacy. He received a Fulbright Fellowship for his dissertation research.