Alexandra Kaloyanides

Religious Studies
Assistant Professor
Macy 202A
RELS Main Office # 704-687-5188
Alexandra Kaloyanides (B.A., Barnard College of Columbia University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; M.A. and M.Phil., Religious Studies, Yale University; Ph.D., Religious Studies, Yale University; Postdoctoral Scholar, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Stanford University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where her teaching focuses on Buddhism. She researches Burmese religions and American religious history. Her book, Baptizing Burma: Religious Change in the Last Buddhist Kingdom (forthcoming from Columbia University Press and winner of the Claremont Prize for the Study of Religion from the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University), examines the religious history and material culture of the nineteenth-century American Baptist mission to Burma. Dr. Kaloyanides served as Managing Editor of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and as editor of the Asian Traditions section of Marginalia Review of Books, a Los Angeles Review of Books Channel. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, MAVCOR Journal,  Material Religion, Journal of Global Buddhism, Church History, Journal of Burma Studies, Religions, Asian Ethnology, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and Marginalia Review of Books.  For a podcast interview with her about her scholarship, see “Baptists & Buddhists in the 19th Century,” from Myanmar Musings. (Link opens in new window)

Her journal articles include:
"Characterizing Material Economies of Religion in the Americas," a special issue co-curated with Kati Curts, MAVCOR Journal, 6:3 (2022)
 "New Decade, New Directions: Advancing the Study of Southeast Asian Religions," SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 36:3 (2021)
"'Intercultural Mimesis,' Empire, and Spirits," Journal of Global Buddhism, 22:1 (2021)
"New Roads in Theravada Buddhist Studies," co-written with Trent Walker, Journal of Global Buddhism, 22:1 (2021)
"Peering into Prisons, Gazing upon Graves: Early U.S. Missionary Media from Burma," Material Religion, 17:2 (2021)
"Buddhist Teak and British Rifles: Religious Economics in Burma's Last Kingdom," Journal of Burma Studies, June 2020

“’Show Us Your God’: Marilla Baker Ingalls and the Power of Religious Objects in Nineteenth-Century Burma,” Religions, June 2016

“America’s God and the World: Questioning the Protestant Consensus,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, September 2015


Guarded by Two Jaguars: A Blog Post by the Author

   January 17, 2023

Dr. Hoenes del Pinal published some thoughts on his monograph, Guarded by Two Jaguars: A Catholic Parish Divided by Language and Faith (University of Arizona Press, 2022). Read here

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Dr. Sherman Is Heading to Heidelberg

   January 17, 2023

Dr. William E.B. Sherman has been awarded a fellowship to the ...

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What is E2M?

   January 16, 2023

Dr. Julia Robinson Moore is very busy working on the various facets of her new project, E2M: Equity in Memory and Memorial. 

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Dr. Thiede and The Shiloh Project

   January 9, 2023

The Bible and Violence is a whole lot more than a two-part book; it’s a wide-ranging scholarly endeavor that includes creating intellectual community through workshopping, mentoring, training, and research events. Scholars involved are reading each other's works, meeting and talking through their interests and concerns, and learning directly from one another in a host of different...

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Learn About Material Culture

   January 3, 2023

Dr. Kaloyanides and Dr. Kati Curts's special issue explores four key categories: “Material,” “Economies,” “Religion,” and “America(s).” The ambition of this issue is that the collective inquiries of its 21 authors, which span various interpretive histories and genealogical fragments, can offer...

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Reviews of Dr. Thiede's Monograph

   July 15, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Thiede on her recent publication of Male Friendship, Homosociality, and Women in the Hebrew Bible: Malignant Fraternities. Routledge, 2021.

Brief summary:

"Male alliances, partnerships, and friendships are fundamental to the Hebrew Bible. This book offers a detailed and explicit exploration of the ways in which shared...

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