Rachelle (rachellehipp @ yahoo.com) joined the Department for the Study of Religion as a PhD student in the fall of 2014.
Her background includes an MA in International Relations with a concentration in Political Culture and Society in Southeast Asia (Waseda University) and more recently an MA in Religious Studies from Lancaster University. Her research interests are within the realm of Burmese Theravada Buddhism and include the topics of gender and Buddhism, monasticism, Abhidhamma, and Burmese Buddhism in the US. Her projected dissertation will examine how Pali and Buddhist teachings are perceived and experienced by Burmese Buddhist nuns.
Rachelle is affiliated with the SSHRC-funded project “Once the Buddha Was a Girl. Girl Children and Young Women as Religious Agents between Burma/Myanmar and Nepal”.