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Professor of Religion, University of Vermont

I research the intersection of religion and politics in China and Thailand, and Singapore. Most of my research explores Theravada Buddhist monks as social actors, and I have published on monastic education, the intersection of discourses of race, ethnicity and Buddhism, and Buddhism and politics more broadly I am the author of Educating Monks: Minority Buddhism on China's Southwest Border (University of Hawai'i Press, 2017), and the editor of Theravada Buddhism in Colonial Contexts (Routledge, 2018).


  • –present
    Professor of Religion, University of Vermont


  • 2006 
    University of Chicago, Ph.D. History of Religions