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Andrew Dicks

Andrew joined the Department for the Study of Religion as a doctoral student in September 2017.  He studied sociocultural anthropology, Southeast Asian studies, and information science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (BA) and Milwaukee (MS, MLIS).  He is researching Buddhist soundscapes with a focus on historical and contemporary mediations of the Pali canon […]

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Julian Butterfield

MA student
Esotericism, Ethnic identity, Western Buddhism.

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Julian Butterfield

Andrew Erlich

PhD Student
Tibetan Buddhist medicine, tantra, and ritual.

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Andrew Erlich

Larissa Fardelos

PhD Student
Authenticity, reclaimed history, women’s agency, Tantric Buddhism, West Bengal

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Nicholas Field

PhD Student
Text production, Central Asia, 8th-10th cen. CE, Dunhuang

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Nilmani Abeywickrama Goonetilleke

MA Student
Vessantara Jātaka narrative, funerary rites, Sri Lankan Buddhism

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Barbara Hazelton

PhD Student
Tibetan visual imagery and ritual

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Barbara Hazelton

Annie Heckman

MA Student
14-15th c. Tibet, Thangtong Gyalpo

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Annie Heckman

Sean Hillman

PhD Student
Medical Anthropology, end-of-life decision making, traditional healing, and biomedicine

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Ian Turner

Ian Turner is an M.A. student researching contemporary Newar Buddhism. Ian received his Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2015, where in addition to Religion he studied Art History and Italian Language and Literature. Although visual and literary culture remain core academic interests – such as translating classical and contemporary Newar narrative texts […]

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Kikee D Bhutia

Kikee D Bhutia is a visiting doctoral student in the DSR in 2018. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu. Before joining Tartu, she worked as a Research Assistant in Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok (Sikkim, India). At Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, she was involved in […]

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Amber Moore

MA Student

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Nika Kuchuk

Nika Kuchuk is a doctoral candidate at the Department for the Study of Religion, also affiliated with the Centre for South Asian Studies. She holds a BA Honours in Psychology and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa. Her current dissertation research explores particular moments of the East-West dialogue within late nineteenth […]

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Alexander O’Neill

PhD Student
Mahāyāna Buddhist literature, ritual, Newar Buddhism, Nepal

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Rachelle Saruya

PhD Student
Gender and Buddhism, monasticism, Abhidhamma, Burmese Buddhism in the US, Myanmar-Burmese Theravada Buddhism

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Tony Scott

PhD Student
Burmese, Pali, Postcolonial Historiography

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Shayne A. P. Dahl

I am a PhD Candidate in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology. My dissertation is about the spatiotemporality of mountains in contemporary Japan, through the case study of Shugendo in Dewa Sanzan, a sacred mountain range in northeastern Honshu. The rituals I have studied ethnographically are based on an embryological doctrine in which the mountain is a […]

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Kunga Sherab

PhD Student
Tibet, Buddhism, Science, Consciousness, Reincarnation, Karma

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Siew Han Yeo

Siew Han Yeo is a PhD Student with the Department of History. Her background includes an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore. Her research looks at the social history of the Chinese diaspora in British Burma, and their numerous connections with the Straits Settlements. In particular, she is interested in […]

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