Department: Asian Languages & Cultures
After completing her PhD at UCLA in 1998, Pori Park received a two-year Andrew W. Mellon teaching and research fellowship at Carleton College. Her research has focused on the intersection between Buddhism, colonialism, modernity, nationalism, and globalization. Examining the transformation of Buddhism in modernity, Buddhism and politics, and Buddhism’s involvement in social life, her scholarship explores the interplay between religion and politics in modern Korea. Her book, Trial and Error in Modernist Reforms: Korean Buddhism under Colonial Rule, was published in 2009, and she is working on a second book, Korean Buddhism Post-Liberation: De-colonization, Politics, and Modernization. Dr. Park is currently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University.