Dr. Stephen C. Berkwitz


Religious Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Religious Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies, 1999, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in Religious Studies, 1994, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A. in Religion, 1991, University of Vermont


  • Paths of World Religions
  • Buddhism
  • Religions of China and Japan
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Theories of Religion
  • Religion, Colonialism, Post-colonialism

Research and professional interests

  • Buddhist studies
  • Theravada Buddhism
  • Sinhala and Pali literature
  • South Asian religions
  • Religion and colonialism

Awards and honors

  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2017
  • Wabash Center Undergraduate Department Grant, 2015-2017
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2011
  • Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Project Grant, 2010
  • Luso-American Foundation Scholarship, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2009
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Sri Lanka, U.S. Department of State, 2005
  • College Research Award, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Southwest Missouri State University, 2005
  • University Teaching Award, Southwest Missouri State University, 2004

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