Philip Friedrich is a program officer for the Religion and the Public Sphere program. His research and writing examine the intersection of religion and politics in South and Southeast Asia. Using diverse textual and epigraphic materials, his work has focused on reconstructing the social histories of monastic and royal institutions in Sri Lanka, while also accounting for the ways in which those histories are used by political actors in the present. He holds a PhD in South Asia Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in History of Religions from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Religion from Bowdoin College. He has taught classes at Hamilton College, Bowdoin College, and the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) study abroad program. Prior to joining SSRC, he worked as a qualitative researcher on an Integrity-focused research team at Facebook.

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