Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Focuses on Buddhism, Asian religions, the theory of religion, and Cambodian funeral rituals
Old Main, 102
Erik Davis studies and teaches about Buddhism, Asian religions, and the theory of religion. His work has moved from focusing on funerary ritual in contemporary Cambodian society, to his current focus: collective and ritual creativity associated with social protest movements in urban Cambodia and Southeast Asia. He is a past president of the Thailand/Laos/Cambodia Studies group of the Association of Asian Studies (2010-2013).
His book on funerals, and the social power arising from the socially-ascribed power to care for the dead, ʼDeathpower: Imagining Religion in Contemporary Cambodia," will be published by Columbia University Press in 2015.
He is also a contributing member of the Asian Studies, Critical Theory, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculties.
Erik is a Macalester Alumnus ('96), received his masters degree at the University of Washington in Seattle (2000), and completed his doctorate at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2009.
Spring 2016: On Sabbatical