Department of Religion
DC Lammerts is Assistant Professor of Buddhist and Southeast Asian Studies in the Department of Religion at Rutgers. His work focuses primarily on the history of Buddhism and law in Burma, and is based around the critical study of palm-leaf and paper manuscripts containing Buddhist legal, historical, scholastic, and literary texts written in Burmese, Pali, and a form of bilingual gloss called nissaya. He has published extensively on the dhammasattha genre of legal literature, the principal corpus of written law in precolonial mainland Southeast Asia, whose laws partly survive in regional legal systems. His first book, Buddhist Law in Burma: A History of Dhammasattha Texts and Jurisprudence, 1250–1850, is forthcoming in 2018 from the University of Hawai'i Press. Lammerts is currently working on two larger research projects: one, a history of the legislation of family law and Buddhism in premodern and colonial Burma and Arakan; the other, on comparative legal rituals (e.g., curses, oaths, ordeals) across Buddhist Asia during the second millennium CE.
Areas of Research SpecializationBuddhism in Burma and Southeast Asia; legal history; Pali and Burmese literature; manuscripts and epigraphy
Forthcoming. Buddhist Law in Burma: A History of Dhammasattha Texts and Jurisprudence, 1250–1850. University of Hawai'i Press.
2015. Review of Anne Peters, Birmanische Handschriften, Teil 8 (Stuttgart, 2014). Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 165.2: 513–516. download
2015. "The Murray Manuscripts and Buddhist Dhammasattha Literature Transmitted in Chittagong and Arakan." Journal of Burma Studies 19.2: 407–444. download
2015. "In Memoriam. Andrew Huxley: Legal Historian of Burma and Southeast Asia." Journal of Burma Studies 19.2: 267–273. download
2015. with Arlo Griffiths. "Epigraphy: Southeast Asia." In Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism, edited by Jonathan A. Silk, 988–1009. Leiden: Brill. download
2015. Buddhist Dynamics in Premodern and Early Modern Southeast Asia, edited by D. Christian Lammerts. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. link
2014. "Genres and Jurisdictions: Laws Governing Monastic Inheritance in Seventeenth-Century Burma." In Buddhism and Law: An Introduction, edited by Rebecca R. French and Mark A. Nathan, 183–197. New York: Cambridge University Press. download corrected version
2013. "Narratives of Buddhist Legislation: Textual Authority and Legal Heterodoxy in Seventeenth through Nineteenth-Century Burma." Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 44.1: 118–144. download
2011. "Buddhist Manuscript Culture and History in Southeast Asia." Review of Daniel M. Veidlinger, Spreading the Dhamma: Writing, Orality, and Textual Transmission in Buddhist Northern Thailand (University of Hawaii Press, 2006), H-Buddhism (May 2011). download
2010. "Notes on Burmese Manuscripts: Text and Image." Journal of Burma Studies 14: 229–254. download
2005. "The Authorship of the Dhammavilāsa Dhammasat." In Myanmar Historical Commission Conference Proceedings, Vol. 2, edited by Than Tun et al., 190–214. Yangon: Ministry of Education. download