Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., appointed Theology and Religious Studies Professor and Department Chair Sharon Suh as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities. The two-year appointment starts July 2016.
The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities is dedicated to promoting scholarly life among faculty. The President of Seattle University bestows this award to a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty who is an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines.
As Pigott McCone Chair, Suh will focus scholarly engagement on the theme “Occupy This Body: Meditation as Political and Recuperative Strategy.” Her plans include a series of workshops and symposia on mindfulness as a practice that addresses the intersectional harms from gender, class, and race-based bias.
Suh, who received her PhD and MTS from Harvard University, focuses her research and scholarship on Buddhism and its relationship to race, public life, and gender; religious beliefs of Asian Americans, and Buddhism in film. Her most recent book, Silver Screen Buddha: Buddhism in Asian and Western Film, was published in 2015.
In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Suh is co-chair, North American Religions section, American Academy of Religion steering committee, a member of the steering committee of Asian North American Religions, Cultures, and Society, American Academy of Religion, and co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative Managing Board. She was a faculty research consultant with USC’s Mugen Project and a consultant and advisor for the Pew Research Center Survey of Asian Americans.