BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences

604.986.1911 ext. 7461


PhD, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, 2011.

MA, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, 2004.

BA (Honours), Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Allison University, 2000.


Sean Ashley (PhD, Simon Fraser University, 2011) joined the sociology and criminology department at Capilano University in the fall of 2013.

Teaching for me is a process whereby students and instructors develop together. I strive to create a learning environment where students feel safe to explore ideas within the classroom by stressing respect, understanding and the freedom to change one's mind.

I believe that teachers must be willing to change, just as we expect our students to change over the course their studies.

Religion, sociolegal studies and migration & indigeneity.

Ashley, Sean. "Khruba Holy Men within Daraang Buddhism."Charismatic Monks in Lanna Buddhism, edited by Paul Cohen. NIAS Press, pp. 171-180, 2017.

Ashley, Sean. "Buddhist Distinctions in the Mountains of Northern Thailand."Punks, Monks and Politics: Authenticity in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, edited by Julian C H Lee and Marco Ferrarese. Rowen and Little Field International, pp. 211-226, 2016.

Ashley, Sean. "'Sincere But Naive': Methodological Queries Concerning the British Columbia Polygamy Reference Trial."Canadian Review of Sociology, vol.51, no. 4, pp. 325-342, 2014.

Ashley, Sean. "Charisma in the Margins of the State: Daraang Buddhism and the Khruba Holy Men of Northern Thailand." Anthropologica, vol.54, no. 1, 71-82, 2012.

Team Award for Service and Innovation (Pathways Program), Capilano University, 2014.

Empowering Network for International Thai Studies Fellowship, Chulalongkorn University, 2009.

Departmental Award for Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Allison University, 2000.

Marjorie Bell Scholarship Award, Mount Allison University, 1999.