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Anne M. Blackburn

Anne Blackburn

Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Asian Studies

Anne M. Blackburn the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities of South Asia studies and Buddhist studies in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago. Blackburn studies Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, with a special interest in Buddhist monastic culture and Buddhist participation in networks linking Sri Lanka and mainland Southeast Asia before and during colonial presence in the region.

Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka, India, Burma, and Thailand

Teaching/Research Interests: Buddhist studies, religion and colonialism, and Indian ocean networks

Current Projects: Monks, Texts, and Relics: Towards a Connected History of 2nd-millennium Buddhisms in Southern Asia

Key Networks: American Academy of Religion, American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, Association for Asian Studies, International Association of Buddhist Studies, Pali Text Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka

Topics of Interest: South Asia, Southeast Asia, Buddhist Studies, Asian History and Religions

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