I am a historian whose work focuses on religion in modern China, especially Buddhism.


Columbia University
Doctor of Philosophy, Chinese Buddhism, Department of Religion, May 2013
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Conversion by the Book: Buddhist Print Culture in Early Republican China”

Academia Sinica 中央研究院
Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Modern History, September 2010 – June 2011

University of Toronto
Master of Arts in East Asian Studies, August 2005
M.A. Thesis: “Heterodox Religious Groups and the State in Ming-Qing China

York University
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in East Asian Studies, Minor in History, June 2003
summa cum laude

Other Publications

Co-editor with Erik Hammerstrom of special issue: Studies in Chinese Religions 3.3 (Sept. 2017).

Co-author with Erik Hammerstrom, “Revisiting the Revival: Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China,” Studies in Chinese Religions 3.3 (Sept. 2017): 197-203.

“Buddhist Building and the Buddhist Revival in the Work of Holmes Welch,” Studies in Chinese Religions 3.3 (September 2017): 204-219

“The Canon as a Consumer Good: The Pinjia Canon and the Changing Role of the Buddhist Canon in Modern China,” in Reinventing Tripitaka, edited by Jiang Wu and Gregory Wilkinson (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017), pp. 95-125.

“Absolutely Not a Business: Chinese Buddhist Scriptural Presses and Distributors, 1860s – 1930s,” in KODEX – Jahrbuch der IBG [Codex: Yearbook of the International Society for Book Science], Vol. 6 (2016.)

“Embracing Belief and Critique in an Academic Life: Chün-fang Yü,” in Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia, edited by Jeffrey Samuels, Justin Thomas McDaniel, and Mark Michael Rowe. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2016, pp. 33-35.

“Revolution of Ink: Chinese Buddhist Periodicals in the Early Republic,” in Recovering Buddhism in Modern China, edited by Jan Kiely and J. Brooks Jessup. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016, pp. 111-140.

“平衡功德與利益— 上海佛學書局股份有限公司的經歷” [Balancing Merit and Profit: The Case of the Shanghai Buddhist Books Company, Limited.] 刊於《改變中國宗教的五十年,1898-1948》[1898-1948: Fifty Years that Changed Chinese Religion], 康豹(Paul R. Katz), 高萬桑(Vincent Goossaert)主編. Taipei: Academia Sinica, November 2015.

Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012, co-editor with Philip Clart. Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015.

  • Co-Author: “Introduction: Print Culture and Religion in Chinese History”

  • Chapter contributor: “Navigating the Sea of Scriptures: The Buddhist Studies Collectanea, 1918–1923”

  • Chapter translator: Wang Chien-chuan, “Morality Book Publishing and Popular Religion in Modern China: A Discussion Centered on Morality Book Publishers in Shanghai”.

“The Publishing of Buddhist Books for Beginners in Modern China from Yang Wenhui to Master Sheng Yen 中國近代歷史上的佛學入門書籍出版事業 – 從楊文會居士至聖嚴法師而言.” Shengyan yanjiu 聖嚴研究 (Sheng Yen Studies), Vol. 5 (2014).

“Chinese Buddhist Publishing and Print Culture, 1900-1950,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, edited by Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press, March 2013.

“Timothy Richard, World Religion, and Reading Christianity in Buddhist Garb,” Social Sciences and Missions 25 (2012): 53-75.

“The Buddhist Nationalism of Dai Jitao 戴季陶,” Journal of Chinese Religions, No. 39 (2011): 55-81.

“The Dharma Through a Glass Darkly: On the Study of Modern Chinese Buddhism through Protestant Missionary Sources 彷彿對著鏡子觀看的佛法:藉由基督教傳教士的史料研究現代中國佛教,” Shengyan yanjiu 聖嚴研究 (Sheng Yen Studies), Vol. 2 (July, 2011): 47-73.
Edited electronic version available at http://buddhistinformatics.ddbc.edu.tw/dmcb/Through_a_Glass_Darkly

Blog Posts


    • Executive Council Member, H-Net Social Sciences and Humanities Network, January – December 2017

    • Member, American Academy of Religion

    • Co-chair, Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China Seminar of the AAR

    • Member, Society for the Study of Chinese Religions

    • Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen

    • Co-editor and China Book Reviews Editor, H-Buddhism Digital Discussion Network

    • Co-organizer, Asian Religions Research Network, University of Edinburgh

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