My research engages the history of religious interaction in/between Southeast and South Asia. In particular, I am interested in translocal social and political mobilizations in the (somewhat anachronistically termed) Theravāda Buddhist traditions of Thailand and Sri Lanka. My research questions cross intersections between postcolonial and gender theory, Buddhist texts and practice, religious and political authority, nationalism and xenophobia, and the effects of media on ritual, discourse, subjectivity, and identity.

  • Southeast Asian History; Gender and Women's History

MA Title:

  • May 2016, Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado Boulder: “Global Networks, Local Aspirations: Gender, Lineage, and Localization in Sri Lanka's Bhikkhunī Ordination Dispute”
  • B.A., 2013, California State University, Sacramento
  • M.A., 2016, University of Colorado Boulder

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies
  • Association for Asian Studies

Courses Taught as TA:

  • RLST 2700—American Indian Religious Traditions with Greg Johnson (Fall 2015)(
    At University of Colorado Boulder)
  • RLST 2620—East Asian Religious Traditions with Rodney Taylor (Spring 2015)
    (At University of Colorado Boulder)
  • RLST 2700—American Indian Religious Traditions with Greg Johnson (Fall 2014)
    (At University of Colorado Boulder
  • RLST 1850—Ritual and Media with Holly Gayley (Spring 2014)(At University of Colorado Boulder)
  • RLST 3300—Foundations of Buddhism with Holly Gayley (Fall 2013)(At University of Colorado Boulder)

Tyler Lehrer

Tyler Lehrer

Anne R. Hansen

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)