Susanne Mrozik


  • Professor of Religion
Suzanne Mrozik

Susanne Mrozik is a specialist in Buddhist studies, with a focus on disability, gender, and ethics. She is the Mount Holyoke College faculty advisor for the Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate Program. Mrozik teaches courses on disability and religion, body and gender in religious traditions, women and gender in Buddhism, and Buddhist ethics.

Mrozik's research includes ethnographic studies of Sri Lankan Buddhist nuns and feminist readings of Buddhist ethical texts. Currently, she is researching disability pedagogy and the contributions religious discourse offers to disability studies. Mrozik is the author of Virtuous Bodies: The Physical Dimensions of Morality in Buddhist Ethics, co-editor of Women Practicing Buddhism: American Experiences, and co-editor of Embedded Languages: Studies of Sri Lankan and Buddhist Cultures (essays in honor of W.S. Karunatillake). She has contributed scholarly articles to publications such as the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Journal of Religious Ethics, and Religion Compass. She is the recipient of numerous research grants, including Fulbright grants for research in India and Sri Lanka, and an American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies grant.

Areas of Expertise

Buddhism, Buddhist nuns, disability, gender, and ethics


  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
  • B.A., Wesleyan University

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent Campus News

Mount Holyoke College seniors covered a wide range of topics in presentations of their independent research at the tenth annual Senior Symposium.

Recent Publications

Mrozik, S. (2020). Sri Lankan Buddhist nuns: Complicating the debate over ordination. Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 36 (1), 33-49.

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