Sara Ann Swenson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. She teaches courses on religions of Southeast Asia and comparative religion. Her current research explores how grassroots charity volunteers in Vietnam adapt Buddhist worldviews and practices to navigate ethical struggles amid rapid urbanization.
Her work has been funded through the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA); and The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in Buddhist Studies, awarded through the American Council of Learned Societies.
Swenson holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Religion (Syracuse University, 2021, 2016), a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s and Gender Studies (Syracuse University, 2015), an M.A. in Comparative Religion (Iliff School of Theology, 2012), and a B.A. in English (University of Minnesota Duluth, 2009).
Beyond teaching and research, Swenson enjoys running, creative writing, all forms of science fiction, and exploring the outdoors with her dog.