UCF Associate Professor of Religious and Cultural Studies Dr. Ann Gleig will be honored on Wednesday October 30th at Rice University as a 2019 recipient of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality’s Distinguished Alumna Award. Since receiving her PhD in Religious Studies from Rice in 2010, Dr. Gleig has excelled in her academic endeavors. Her research on Hinduism and Buddhism in the U.S has resulted in multiple published works including a 2013 book, Homegrown Gurus: From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism (SUNY Press), which she co-edited with Lola Williamson. This year, her first book, American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity, was published by Yale University Press. At UCF, Dr. Gleig received the University Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in April 2017.
In addition to accepting this award, Dr. Gleig will be giving a lecture on sexual violation, transparency, and healing in American Buddhism. This topic aligns with her latest project, a collaboration with Amy Langenberg on a book discussing the issue of sexual abuse in the Buddhist Community.