Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes

Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Religion and Asian Studies

Hollander Hall Rm 206


B.A. DePauw University
M.A. Mahidol University
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Expertise

Material religion, Asian religious culture, Buddhist art and architecture, contemporary Thai/SEA religious practice, including ritual and amulets, and Thai manuscripts. My research celebrates the rich and eclectic matter of the Buddhist tradition in Thailand. This is highlighted in my dissertation and working book project, which is a study on Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), objects, spirits, and contemporary Thai religious culture.

Scholarship/Creative Work

“Siamese Manuscript Collections in the United States,” co-authored with Justin McDaniel, in Manuscript Studies (2.1, Fall 2017, special issue on Thai manuscripts): 202-237.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

American Council of Learned Societies / Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, Dissertation Fellowship (2017-2018)

Asian Cultural Council, Individual Research Grant, Thailand (2017)

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2015-2016)

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students (2015)

Khyentse Foundation, Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies (2014)

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute, Usha Maha Jani Award for Excellence in Language Study (2013)

University of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin Fellowship (2012-2017)

The Royal Bangkok Sports Club, Post-graduate Scholarship (2010-2012)

Professional Affiliations

Steering Committee Member, Religion in Southeast Asia Unit, American Academy of Religion (2019-2021)