Sarah Fink received the Tianzhu Fellowship in East Asian Buddhism to complete her M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2020. Her graduate research focused on attitudes toward gender and gender equality within monastic communities in Chengdu, China. With funding from the Mitacs Globalink Research Award, she traveled to Chengdu in the summer of 2019 to conduct ethnographic research with these nuns for her Master Thesis, which was completed in August 2020. Sarah received her B.A. in Religious Studies at Davidson College in 2018.
Her undergraduate research was on changing religious climates and the increasing presence of Tibetan Buddhism in Mainland China and the United States. This year-long thesis project began while studying in Nepal in 2017 and was later awarded the Maloney Essay Prize from Davidson College. She is more broadly interested in the impact that politics, economics, and social issues have on religious change in China.