Katherine A. Bowie

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Katherine Bowie is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a BA with Distinction from Stanford University and her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. She has conducted extended fieldwork in Thailand, with primary interests in historical anthropology, political anthropology, gender and Theravada Buddhism. She has served as Eisenhower Fellow to Thailand, Fulbright Scholar, President of the Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs (MCAA), and multiple years on the organizing committees for the Council of Thai Studies (COTS). She twice served as Director of UW-Madison’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, receiving an International Institute Outstanding Service Award in 2009. Her publications include Rituals of National Loyalty: An Anthropology of the State and the Village Scout Movement in Thailand (Columbia University Press, 1997); Voices from the Thai Countryside: The Necklace and Other Short Stories of Samruam Singh (University of Wisconsin Southeast Asia Series, 1998), and her most recent book, Of Beggars and Buddhas: The Politics of Humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017). Her articles have appeared in such journals as American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, and Comparative Studies in Society and History. She is currently conducting research on Thailand’s famous northern monk, Kruba Srivichai, about whom she has recently published in the Journal of Asian Studies (2014).


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