Sam King joined the Hotchkiss faculty in 2016 as an instructor in philosophy and religion. He earned his B.A. in religion and environmental studies cum laude from Bowdoin College, where he pursued interests in Asian religions and completed research on Buddhism and ethnic violence in Sri Lanka. He then returned to Sri Lanka on a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, study Sinhala and Tamil languages, and conduct immersive field research on rural Buddhist ritual culture before working as program assistant with the Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program. He serves as head coach of the boys varsity tennis team, having played and earned All-American Honors at Bowdoin, and lives in Dana Hall.