University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biography

I am primarily interested in translocal early modern Buddhist monastic history in and between Thailand and Sri Lanka. In particular, I aspire to investigate some of the ways Buddhist nuns, monks, kings, and ordinary people have forged and documented maritime networks of cooperation and expansion across the Bay of Bengal between the 14th and 18th centuries, and how these operate as emic historical resources as they are invoked in contemporary disputes in South and Southeast Asia in the contexts of gender, ethnicity, and contested visions of pluralist religious modernity.

Education

M.A., 2016, University of Colorado Boulder
B.A., 2013, California State University, Sacramento

Field

  • Southeast Asian History; Gender and Women’s History

MA Title

  • “Global Networks, Local Aspirations: Gender, Lineage, and Localization in Sri Lanka’s Bhikkhunī Ordination Dispute” (May 2016, Department of Religious Studies, University of Colorado Boulder)

Selected Publications

  • “Women in Mahāyāna Buddhism” (1500 words) and “Women’s Buddhist Networks” (750 words) in Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture Across History, ed. Susan de Gaia (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC–CLIO, expected 2018)

Awards

  • Summer 2017 and Academic Year 2017–2018 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Intermediate and Advanced Thai, Funded by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UW–Madison (Mar 2017)
  • Ray Hauser grant for M.A. thesis research in Sri Lanka, Graduate School, CU-Boulder (Mar 2016)
  • Summer 2015 FLAS Fellowship for Intermediate Sinhala, Funded by the South Asia Program, Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University (Apr 2015)
  • Best Should Teach Silver Award, Graduate Teacher Program, Graduate School, CU-Boulder (Aug 2014)
  • Summer 2014 FLAS Fellowship for Beginning Sinhala, Funded by the Center for Asian Studies, CU-Boulder (Mar 2014)
  • Fellowship for Sanskrit Language Study, Religious Studies Dept., CU-Boulder (Jan 2014)

Professional Affiliations

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

Courses Taught as TA

  • RLST 120 – Religion in Sickness and Health with Corrie Norman (Fall 2017)
  • RLST 1850 – Ritual and Media with Holly Gayley (Spring 2014) (CU–Boulder)
  • RLST 2620 – East Asian Religious Traditions with Rodney Taylor (Spring 2015) (CU–Boulder)
  • RLST 2700 – American Indian Religious Traditions with Greg Johnson (Fall 2015) (CU–Boulder)
  • RLST 2700 – American Indian Religious Traditions with Greg Johnson (Fall 2014) (CU–Boulder)
  • RLST 3300 – Foundations of Buddhism with Holly Gayley (Fall 2013) (CU–Boulder)