Justin McDaniel

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Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Chair of the Department of Religious Studies
Undergraduate Studies Chair
Contact Information
Office Address: 
Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
jmcdan@sas.upenn.edu

Justin McDaniel's research foci include Lao, Thai, Pali and Sanskrit literature, Southeast Asian Buddhism, manuscript studies, and Southeast Asian history. His first book,  Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words won the Harry Benda Prize for the best first book in Southeast Asian Studies. His second book is The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magic Monk. It won the Kahin Prize for the best book by a senior scholar in Southeast Asian Studies. He has received grants from the NEH, Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, PACRIM, the SSRC, among others. He is the co-editor of the journals: Buddhism Compass and Journal of Lao Studies. He has won teaching and advising awards at Harvard University, Ohio University, the University of California at Riverside, and the Ludwig Prize for Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

Education: 
  • Harvard University, Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, PHD -- 2003
  • Harvard University, Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, MA -- 2001
  • Harvard Divinity School, MTS -- 1998
  • Boston College, BA -- 1993

 

Research and Teaching Interests: 
  • Lao, Thai, Pali and Sanskrit literature,
  • Southeast Asian Buddhism,
  • Japanese Buddhism,
  • ritual studies,
  • manuscript studies, and
  • Southeast Asian history
The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magic Monk
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Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words
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Buddhist Narrative in Asia and Beyond
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