Biography

I am a PhD candidate at Claremont Graduate University in the School of Religion’s Theology, Ethics, and Culture program.  I am in the midst writing after my fieldwork in Cambodia.  The in-country research was made possible through a grant from Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Cambodia office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation who hosted me, and of course the wonderful religious communities that welcomed me.

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My current research explores empowerment of Cambodian women who are religious leaders–both Christian and Buddhist women.  In particular I want to understand how these empowered women (who in their roles have increased respect and influence) feel about the chbap srey, and to try to understand this empowerment which may not be solely based on liberal values of autonomy, freedom, and equality but other perhaps other values on which the chbap srey is based.

My academic interests include, postcolonial and transnational feminism, feminist ethics, women in Buddhism, human rights and religion, and Southeast Asian Studies focusing on Cambodia.  Because of my structural engineering background, I am also interested in questions of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

I have studied Khmer with language tutors in Stockton, CA and in Phnom Penh. In the summers of 2009 and 2012, I attended the intensive language course at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI). In addition, I have undertaken informal language study at the Cambodian Buddhist Society of Pomona, CA.

The views on this website are my own and do not represent the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State.