MK Long

Academic Appointments

Lecturer of Religion

MK Long is a historian and ethnographer of Buddhism and gender. Her current project highlights vernacular auto/biographical writings of Buddhist women in Myanmar, examining their rhetorical strategies of self-presentation and how they theorize Buddhist authority, temporality, and belonging. Long's study of vernacular literature of the 1980s-90s foregrounds its conditions of production, not only its relationship to Buddhist biographical and narrative traditions, but also authoritarian censorship, state-driven reorganization of monastic institutions, and shifting citizenship regimes. This work is shaped and informed by Long's ethnographic fieldwork in a large, mission-oriented nunnery in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, and its network of branch nunneries throughout the country.

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  • PhD Candidate, Asian Literature, Religion & Culture, Cornell University
  • MTS, Buddhist Studies, Harvard Divinity School
  • MA, International Relations & Religion, Boston University
  • BA, Religion, Smith College

Selected Publications