Dr. Alexander Soucy
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax

Department of Religious Studies, Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 3C3


Alexander Soucyis the Coordinator of the Asian Studies Program, and Associate Professor of the Religious Studies Department, at Saint Mary's University, where he has taught since 2005. He has been doing research with the Vietnamese in Canada since 1990 and in Vietnam since 1997. His particular interests include gender and Buddhist practice, Buddhism in Canada, globalisation and transnationalism. He has been collaborating with John Harding and Victor Hori to look at Buddhism in Canada, critiquing the approach of Buddhism in the West that ties its development to state boundaries (e.g. "American Buddhism"), and instead trying to draw out the transnational communications that have underscored many of the key changes in Buddhism in the last 150 years. As part of this, he has been conducting multi-sited international research on the Vietnamese Buddhists in Vietnam, Canada, France, the United States, Germany and Australia in order to illustrate the interconnections and international networks that have fuelled the significant, but often overlooked, transformations that have occurred. A part of this work has involved ethnographic and historical research on the development of Zen Buddhism in Vietnam, which is the subject of the book which he is currently writing.

Selected Publications

forthcoming. Flowers on the Rock: Global and Local Buddhisms in Canada.(co-edited with John Harding, Victor Sōgen Hori)Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

2012. The Buddha Side: Gender, Power, and Buddhist Practice in Vietnam. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

2012. "Buddhism in Canada" In AasangaTilakaratne (ed.) 2600 Years of Sambuddhatva: Global Journey of Awakening. (co-authored with John Harding and Victor Hori).Columbo, Sri Lanka: The Ministry of Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka.

2010. Wild Geese: Buddhism in Canada.(co-edited with John Harding, Victor Sōgen Hori)Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

2010. "Mờicưới ở HàNộivàQuảnlýcácmớiquanhệ"[Wedding Invitations and Relationship Management in Hanoi.] In LươngVănHy,NgôVănLệ, NguyễnVănTiệp and PhanThịYếnTuyết(eds.) HiệnĐạivàĐôngtháicủaTruyềnthống ở Việt Nam: NhữngCáchtiếpcânNhânhọc, Quyển 1. [Contemporary Dynamics in Vietnamese Traditions: Anthropological Approaches, Vol. 1], pp. 377-396. Ho Chi Minh City: NhàXuấtBảnĐạiHọcQuốcGiaThànhPhốHồChí Minh.

2010. "Asian Reformers, Global Organizations: An Exploration of the Possibility of a "Canadian Buddhism". In John Harding, Victor Sōgen Horiand Alexander Soucy (eds.) Wild Geese: Studies of Buddhism in Canada. McGill-Queens Press.

2009. "Language, Orthodoxy and Performances of Authority in Vietnamese Buddhism". Journal of the American Academy of Religion77(2):348-371.

2007. "Nationalism, Globalism and the Re-establishment of the TrúcLâmThiền Buddhist Sect in Northern Vietnam" In Philip Taylor (ed.) Modernity and Re-enchantment: Religion in Post-revolutionary Vietnam. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

2006."Consuming Lộc– Creating Ơn: Women, Offerings and Symbolic Capital in Vietnam. Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses 35(1):107-131.