Dr. Stephen C. Berkwitz


Religious Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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



PhD, 1999, University of California, Santa Barbara


  • Paths of World Religions
  • Buddhism
  • Religions of China and Japan
  • Buddhism in the Modern World
  • Theories of Religion
  • Religion, Colonialism, Post-colonialism
  • Sex, Power, and Devotion in South Asian Poetry

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, 2011
  • Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Project Grant, 2010
  • Luso-American Foundation Scholarship, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2009
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Missouri State University, 2008
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Sri Lanka, U.S. Department of State, 2005
  • University Teaching Award, Southwest Missouri State University, 2004

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