Associate Professor, Religious Studies
current focus: collective and ritual creativity associated with social protest movements in urban Cambodia and Southeast Asia.
Old Main, 102
Erik Davis studies and teaches about Buddhism, ritual, and the theory of religion. He focused on funerary ritual in contemporary Cambodian society, the subject of his 2015 book “Deathpower,” and is currently working on two book projects: one is an edited volume on Buddhist temple consecration rituals, and the other is an ethnography of contemporary Cambodian past life memory.
He was president of the Thailand/Laos/Cambodia Studies group of the Association of Asian Studies (2010-2013) and currently serves on the Religion in Southeast Asia committee in the American Academy of Religions. He is a contributing member of the Asian Studies, Critical Theory, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculties, as well as a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.”