Erik W. Davis studies and teaches about Buddhism, Asian religions, and the theory of
religion. He is particularly interested in funerals, ritual, and the connection between
agriculture and religious imagination. Davis has completed more than three years of
fieldwork in Cambodia, and continues to visit and conduct research projects in that
His dissertation, "Treasures of the Buddha: Imagining Death and Life in Contemporary
Cambodia," was completed at the University of Chicago in 2009.
Davis has been teaching at Macalester since 2007.
EDUCATION: B.A., Macalester College, 1996; M.A., University of Washington, Seattle, 2000;
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2009
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