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KHK Visiting Research Fellow 2011, Full Professor of Religious Studies (Buddhism), Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA

Stephen Berkwitz joined the faculty in the Department of Religious Studies at Missouri State University as Assistant Professor in 1999 and became Associate Professor in 2004. Finally, in 2010, Stephen Berkwitz was promoted to Full Professor of Religious Studies. During his time at Missouri State he received several faculty and college awards and fellowships. He serves as series editor of Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism and Book Review Editor and a member of the editorial board for the journal Religion.

Stephen Berkwitz has specialized in historical and contemporary studies of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka, and is particularly interested in the role of Buddhist literature in the formation of identities and cultures. Currently he is working on a number of research projects, including a study of Sinhala Buddhist poetry during the period of Portuguese colonialism in Sri Lanka (1506-1658). Other current research involves Buddhist responses to Christian missions, the erotic sentiment in Sinhala poetry, and the Portuguese discovery of Buddhism.

Education

  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 1999
  • M.A., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 1994
  • B.A., Religion, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA, 1991

KHK Fellowship

Duration: June 2011 to May 2012
Project: Portuguese Encounters with Buddhism in the 16th and 17th Centuries

External Website

Missouri State University

Einzelforscher/in von Portuguese Encounters with Buddhism in the 16th and 17th Centuries

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