Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes

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Ph.D. Candidate
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Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes is completing her dissertation, “Wat Arun and Buddhist Material Culture of Thailand”. Her work focuses on Buddhist materiality, networks, and contemporary religious practice in Thailand. She also works on Thai manuscripts, about which she has published in the journal of Manuscript Studies. Susanne has served as a member of the board for the National Museum Volunteers, Bangkok, and was a docent at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York. She did her B.A. at DePauw University and M.A. at Mahidol University. Susanne’s scholarship has earned her both national and international recognition, including the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies / Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies (2017-2018), the Asian Cultural Council Individual Research Grant (2017), the Henry Luce Foundation / Theravāda Civilizations Project Dissertation Workshop (2017), the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies’ Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2015-2016), the Khyentse Foundation Award for Excellence in Buddhist Studies (2014), and the Usha Maha Jani Award for Excellence in Language Study (2013). In recognition of her “intellectually rigorous [and], exceptionally coherent” teaching, Susanne was a recipient of the School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students (2014-2015).