Christine is a PhD candidate in Religious Studies, specializing in contemporary, comparative Buddhism. She received her M.A in Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews, and her M.Phil in Modern South Asian Studies at St Antony's College at Oxford University. Christine's research interests include privilege and appropriation, religious conflict and violence, utilization of new technologies and communications, and the politics and performance of gender in religious and political spheres. Her dissertation, "The Whitest, The Richest, The Buddhists: How the 1% Appropriated the Tradition of Renunciation" investigates the processes and models of modernization, secularization, and cultural appropriation within 21st century global Buddhism across the US and North America, Mongolia, and Myanmar.
Christine will be working with Professor Alison Brysk in the area of Human Rights.
Fellowship term: Spring 2018
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106–2150