Charles Hallisey

Charles Hallisey

Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures

On Leave

Spring 2023


  • AB, Colgate University
  • MDiv, Harvard Divinity School
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD, University of Chicago


Charles Hallisey joined the Faculty of Divinity in 2007–08 after teaching at the University of Wisconsin as Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia and the Religious Studies Program since 2001. Earlier, he taught in the Department of Theology at Loyola University in Chicago, and at Harvard University, where he was John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the Committee on the Study of Religion and the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies from 1996 to 2001.

His research centers on Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Pali language and literature, Buddhist ethics, and literature in Buddhist culture. His most recent book is Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women (Harvard University Press, 2015). He is currently working on a book project entitled "Flowers on the Tree of Poetry: The Moral Economy of Literature in Buddhist Sri Lanka."


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