Green-Bear Trail (Boulder CO, May 2015)

Hi, I’m Tyler.

I'm a second-year Ph.D. Student in History & Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. My interests center on gender and translocal early modern Buddhist monastic history in and between Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Lately, I’ve been particularly interested in Indian Ocean networks of exchange and collaboration between the Buddhist kingdoms of Siam (now Thailand) and Laṇkā (now Sri Lanka) up to the intensification of European colonization in the region. I aspire to document some of the lives and politico-religious affiliations of Buddhist nuns, monks, kings, and scores of ordinary people who crisscrossed the Bay of Bengal between Sri Lanka and mainland Southeast Asia between the 14th and 18th centuries, exchanging—amongst other things—sacred texts, objects, and Buddhist ordination lineages. All of these are regarded as powerful historical resources for contemporary Southeast and South Asian Buddhists as they navigate competing visions of pluralistic religious modernity in the contexts of gender, race, and ethnicity.

Originally from Northern California, I completed my BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the California State University, and my MA in Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. In addition to my research and the opportunities for travel, cultural immersion, and language study it opens up, I enjoy road and trail running, hiking, backpacking, reading the occasional novel, going to shows, and especially cooking and eating together with good company!