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Brooke Schedneck

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. Schedneck has taught at Rhodes since 2017. She teaches courses on Buddhism, Asian religions, and in the Life program. She also leads the Maymester in Thailand. Before coming to Rhodes, she taught study abroad students as a lecturer in Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for four years. She has been invited to give research presentations in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. In 2020, Dr. Schedneck published a co-edited volume titled Buddhist Tourism in Asia and her second monograph, an ethnography of Buddhism in Chiang Mai, will be published by the University of Washington Press in 2021. Brooke's husband, William, teaches 4th grade at Lausanne Collegiate School, where her son, Jet, age 7, will be a second grader.

Selected Publications


Buddhist Tourism in Asia, co-editor. University of Hawaii Press, in the series Contemporary Buddhism, 2020.

Thailand’s International Meditation Centers: Tourism and the Global Commodification of Religious Practices, Routledge, in the series Contemporary Asian Religions, 2015.    

Recent Articles

"Buddhist monks have reversed roles in Thailand – now they are the ones donating goods to others." The Conversation, 2020.

“Thai Buddhist Monastic Schools and Universities.” Co-author, Education About Asia 24 (1): 37-42, 2019.

“The Promise of the Universal: Non-Buddhists’ Accounts of their Vipassanā Meditation Retreat Experiences.” Religion, 2019.                                                                        

“Religious others, tourism, and missionization: Buddhist ‘Monks Chats’ in Northern Thailand.” Modern Asian Studies. 52 (6): 1888-1916, 2018.

“Transcending Gender: Female Non-Buddhists’ Experiences of the Vipassanā Meditation Retreat.” Religions. Special Issue Women in Buddhism. 9 (4): 90, 2018.

“Presenting ‘Lanna’ Buddhism to Domestic and International Tourists in Chiang Mai.” Asian Journal of Tourism Research. 2 (3): 1-22, 2017.

“Beyond the Glittering Golden Buddha Statues: Encountering Difference and Transforming the Self through Buddhist Volunteer Tourism in Thailand.” Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing. 18 (1): 57-78, 2017.

Book Chapters:

“Religious Encounters in Thailand: International Meditation Centers within Transnational Settings.” In EastSpirit: Transnational Spirituality and Religious Circulation in East and West. ed. Jørn Borup, Brill Publishers: 279-278, 2017.

“The Rise of Female Meditation Teachers in Southeast Asia.” In Women and Asian Religions. Zayn Kassam, ed. Women and Religion in the World Series, ABC-CLIO: 313-328, 2017.
“Buddhist International Organizations.” In The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism. Michael Jerryson, ed. Oxford University Press: 398- 420, 2016.


Ph.D., Religions of Asia, Arizona State University
M.T.S., Harvard University
B.A., Boston University