Welcome Sara Swenson, Assistant Professor in Asian Religions

This coming academic year, Professor Swenson will teach the following courses:

Fall Term: REL 1.11: Women and Religion: Sisters, Seekers, Sages
Winter Term: REL 2.01: Religions of Southeast Asia
Spring Term: REL 41.07: Buddhism, Gender, and Sexuality in Southeast Asia

Sara Swenson is a doctoral candidate in the Religion Department at Syracuse University. Her dissertation analyzes how charity volunteers in Vietnam adapt Buddhist worldviews and practices to navigate ethical struggles amid rapid urbanization. Her research is based on eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in Ho Chi Minh City from 2017 to 2019. Her work has been funded through the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA); and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies, awarded through the American Council of Learned Societies.

Swenson holds an M.Phil. in Religion (Syracuse University, 2016), a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women's and Gender Studies (Syracuse University, 2015), an M.A. in Comparative Religion (Iliff School of Theology, 2012), and a B.A. in English (University of Minnesota Duluth, 2009).