Matthew Milligan, PhD candidate in Asian Cultures and Languages, will teach for Antioch University in fall 2013.
Posted: June 3, 2013
Matthew D. Milligan
Matthew D. Milligan, a PhD Candidate in Asian Languages and Cultures, has been chosen by Antioch University to be an Adjunct Instructor for the 2013 Buddhist Studies in India study abroad program in Bodh Gaya, a small pilgrimage village in the province of Bihar in northeastern India. The program provides a semester of rigorous academic study for American undergraduate students from all over the country while living in a Burmese Theravada Buddhist monastery. Bodh Gaya is known as the traditional location for the historical Buddha's enlightenment underneath a bodhi tree.
Matthew will be teaching one course, "History of South Asian Buddhism" and will serve in several support roles such as advising students in developing an independent study research project and in weekly meditation reflection meetings. Matthew will be the program's point man in New Delhi in late August prior to the students' arrival in order to secure and prepare accommodations and services for the coming months. The program officially begins in late August after a brief orientation in London.
This is Matthew's first professional academic appointment. He has been at the University of Texas at Austin since 2007 after earning his B.A. in Religious Studies and Anthropology from Albion College in 2006. In 2010, he finished his M.A. in Asian Studies at UT under the supervision of Dr. Oliver Freiberger and Dr. Janice Leoshko. His dissertation, tentatively titled "Of Rags and Riches: Indian Buddhist Patronage Networks in the Early Historic Period" reinvestigates the nature of the relationship between early Indian Buddhism and its economic support networks via epigraphical, archaeological, artistic, and literary sources.