Rachelle Saruya

PhD Candidate

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Buddhism
  • Myanmar/Burma
  • Gender and Monasticism


Rachelle is a PhD student at the Department for the Study of Religion. Her background includes an MA in International Relations with a concentration in Political Society and Culture in Southeast Asia (Waseda University) and more recently an MA in Religious Studies from Lancaster University. Her research interests are within the realm of Myanmar-Burmese Theravada Buddhism and include the topics of gender and Buddhism, monasticism, Abhidhamma, and Burmese Buddhism in the US.