Stephen C. Berkwitz

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America




Missouri State University


Mailing Address

Department of Religious Studies
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 417-836-4147
fax: 417-836-4757

Countries of Specialization

Sri Lanka

Research Interests

Research interests in Pali and Sinhala Literature, Buddhist historiography,
Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture, Globalization and Buddhist Reform in Sri Lanka

Teaching Interests

Courses taught include undergraduate and Masters level courses in
Buddhism, Method and Theory in Religious Studies, Religion and Cultural
Studies, and World Religions.


Buddhist History in the Vernacular: The Power of the Past in Late Medieval Sri Lanka (Brill, 2004).

South Asian Buddhism: A Survey (Routledge, 2010).

Buddhist Poetry and Colonialism: Alagiyavanna and the Portuguese in Sri Lanka


Pali ; Sinhala ; literature ; buddhist historiography ; Buddhist culture ; globalization ; reform ;