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. His books include Routledge Handbook of Theravada Buddhism, co-ed. w/ Ashley Thompson (Routledge, 2022) and Buddhist Poetry and Colonialism: Alagiyavanna and the Portuguese in Sri Lanka (Oxford University Press, 2013).
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.
MSU Religious Studies Department Head Dr. Stephen Berkwitz talks about the university's Asian Studies minor.
South Asian religions and culture expert Dr. Stephen Berkwitz explains about Asalha Puja.
South Asian religions and culture expert Dr. Stephen Berkwitz offers some insights about yoga and meditation.
MSU Religious Studies Department Head Dr. Stephen Berkwitz highlights the department, its achievements over the years and plans for its 50th anniversary celebration.