Sara Swenson is a doctoral student in Religious Studies at Syracuse University. She holds a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth (2009) and an M.A. in Comparative Religion from Iliff School of Theology (2012). Her dissertation research focuses on contemporary Buddhism in Vietnam and the United States. In Vietnam, she examines the intersections of Vietnam’s current economic reforms and the booming popularity of public religious practices in Vietnam, particularly Buddhism in Ho Chi Minh City. In the U.S., she studies the mindfulness movement and Buddhist community formation.
Research Interests: gender studies, affect theory, spatial theory, transnational Buddhism, Buddhist modernism, Southeast Asian studies, and mindfulness