Ray Buckner is pursuing their PhD in Religious Studies at Northwestern University. Ray’s current research focuses on two areas of study, first exploring the intersections of Buddhist philosophy and sexual violence within American Buddhism. Ray is also interested in conceptualizing transgender Buddhism, investigating questions of gender dysphoria, corporeality, memory and trauma, and trans desire. In 2020, Ray received their M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University where they wrote their master’s thesis on sexual violence within an American Buddhist community. Ray graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Politics. In their free time, Ray enjoys meditating, sitting in rose gardens, and writing. Ray is a contributing author at Lion’s Roar Magazine and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, and Open Minds Journal, where they write on Buddhism, queer and trans embodiment, mental health, and racial injustice.