Karen Enriquez is Assistant Professor in Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She received her Ph.D. in comparative Theology (Buddhist and Christian) from Boston College where she focused on the comparison of spiritual practices in Buddhism and Christianity and the transformation of the self and society, and dialogue among religions. Previously, she was at Xavier University in Cincinnati where she taught courses on Buddhism, Buddhist-Christian comparative theology, and religion, gender, and violence. She also offered workshops on comparative spirituality and contemplative pedagogy and worked with an organization combating gender based violence. Before coming to the U.S., Karen lived in the Philippines and taught at the Ateneo de Manila University, a Jesuit university there. Part of her research agenda is to contribute to the field of Philippine and Philippine-American theology with a focus on the intersection of social justice and spirituality and examining popular religious practices of Filipino women and men globally, and to work in the area of Buddhist-Christian dialogue on spiritual and social practices that lead to critical engagement with our world today.