Alexey Kirichenko is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University, Russia and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. He received his doctorate in history from Moscow State University in 2003 with a thesis studying Burmese royal chronicles. Since 1997, he has been doing field and archival work in Burma focused on monastic Buddhism, palm-leaf manuscripts, and surveying of local religious infrastructure. He has published more than 30 papers on various aspects of Burmese and Southeast Asian history (mostly in Russian). His latest publication is “The Making of the Culprit: Atula Hsayadaw Shin Yasa and the Politics of Monastic Reform in Eighteenth-Century Burma,” The Journal of Burma Studies 15.2 (2011). His project at ARI and ISEAS is focused on monastic interactions between Burma and Lanka in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.