Dr. Stephen C. Berkwitz



Department

Religious Studies
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Religious Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897

Biography

Dr. Stephen Berkwitz is an expert in religious studies with a special focus on South Asian religions. Since 2001, Berkwitz has published dozens of publications relating to Buddhism and South Asian culture.  

He is the department head of religious studies at Missouri State University. He serves as series editor for the Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism series, as well as on the editorial board of the journals "Religion," "Journal of Global Buddhism" and "Buddhist Studies Review." Berkwitz has received several fellowships to conduct research in Sri Lanka, Germany and Portugal, and he holds several professional memberships relating to Asian Studies and Buddhism.


Details

Education

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

Teaching

  • Paths of World Religions
  • Buddhism
  • Religions of China and Japan
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Theories of Religion
  • Religion, Colonialism, Post-colonialism

Research and professional interests

  • Buddhist studies
  • Theravada Buddhism
  • Sinhala and Pali literature
  • South Asian religions
  • Religion and colonialism

Awards and honors

  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2017
  • Wabash Center Undergraduate Department Grant, 2015-2017
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2011
  • Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Project Grant, 2010
  • Luso-American Foundation Scholarship, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2009
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Sri Lanka, U.S. Department of State, 2005
  • College Research Award, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Southwest Missouri State University, 2005
  • University Teaching Award, Southwest Missouri State University, 2004

Additional resources


Areas of Expertise

Religions of the world Asia

Videos

Scholar explores one of world's oldest Buddhist traditions