Trent Walker specializes in Southeast Asian Buddhism, including ritual, manuscript, and translation cultures in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Recent publications include articles on Cambodian Dharma songs, Thai literary history, and translation practices in southern Vietnam. He is working on his first book, Classical Reading, Vernacular Writing: A Bitextual History of Southeast Asian Buddhism, which argues that a distinct mode of translation was the core intellectual and literary activity in early modern Theravada Buddhist cultures.
Trent earned his PhD in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley after completing a BA in Religious Studies at Stanford University. Prior to returning to Stanford, he was the Khyentse Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Thai at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. He also served as the Director of Preservation and Lead Scholar for the Khmer Manuscript Heritage Project, an initiative of the Buddhist Digital Resource Center to digitize over 10,000 manuscripts in Cambodia.