Ernest Brewster



Clinical Lecturer


Religious Studies


Iona College


Ernest Billings (Billy) Brewster is currently Clinical Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York where he teaches courses on Buddhism and Asian Philosophy. His research interests include combining philology with a doctrinal-historical and philosophical-historical approach to key ideological developments in early medieval Chinese Buddhism. He received his doctorate from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2018, for a dissertation treating the history of medieval Chinese Buddhist doctrinal conceptualizations of death and dying. During the academic year of Fall 2018–Spring 2019, he was Sheng Yen Education Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Department of Asian Studies.