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Harvard University Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, June 2009
Harvard Divinity School Masters of Divinity, June 2003
Princeton-in-Beijing Intermediate and Advanced Mandarin Chinese, 1998 and 2001
Stanford University B.A. in Comparative Literature with Honors and Distinction,
Minor in Religious Studies, June 1998
Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion Department, UNC Wilmington 2015-present
Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion Department, UNC Wilmington 2010-2015
Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, UNC Greensboro 2009-2010
Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.
“The Way of the Blogisattva: Buddhist Blogs on the Web,” in Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus, ed. Gregory Price Grieve and Daniel Veidlinger. New York: Routledge Press, 2015, p. 204-219.
“Playing with Karma: A Buddhist Board Game,” Material Religion 10.1 (March 2014): 4-28.
“Divining Karma in Chinese Buddhism,” Religion Compass 7.10 (October 2013): 413-422.
“Bringing Buddhism into the Classroom: Jiang Qian’s 江謙 (1876-1942) Vision for Education in Republican China.” Journal of Chinese Religions 39 (2011): 33-54.
“Super Samskāras: Soteriological Subliminal Impressions in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra,” in Yoga and Ecology: Dharma for the Earth, pp. 61-81. Edited by Christopher Key Chapple. Hampton, VA: Deepak Heritage Books, 2009.
“Duplicitous Thieves: Ouyi Zhixu’s Criticism of Jesuit Missionaries in Late Imperial China.” Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal 21 (2008): 55-76.
“Trial by Fire: The Theodicy of Toni Morrison in Sula,” in Toni Morrison and the Bible: Contested Intertextualities, pp. 7-25. Edited by Shirley A. Stave. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006.
“The Ethics of Eating: A Comparative Study of Buddhist Practices of ‘Mindful Eating’ in America and Taiwan,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (San Diego, November 23, 2014).
“Re-envisioning Ritual: Ouyi Zhixu’s Commentary on the Four Books,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Baltimore, November 18, 2013)
“Emptiness in Principle, Divination in Practice: Ouyi Zhixu’s Writings on the Sutra on the Divination of Good & Bad Karmic Retribution,” paper presented at the international workshop “Caution and Creativity - Legitimizing and Conceptualizing Prognostic Practices in Chinese Buddhism” at the University of Erlangen- Nürnberg (Erlangen, Germany, September 4, 2012).
“Karma is a Funny Thing: Cross-Cultural Consumption in “My Name is Earl”,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (San Francisco, November 19, 2011).
“Tsunamis and Theodicy, Katrina and Karma: Christian and Buddhist Responses to Natural Disasters,” Megivern public lecture delivered at UNC-Wilmington (Wilmington, November 7, 2011)
“Fate and Prognostication in Late Imperial Chinese Buddhism: the Case of Ouyi Zhixu (1599-1655),” paper presented at the international research consortium “Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication: Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe” at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Erlangen, Germany, June 29, 2011).
“Divination as a Karmic Diagnostic: The Divination Texts of Ouyi Zhixu,” paper presented at the sixteenth congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (Taiwan, June 22, 2011).
“Welcome Back, Ouyi: Reconstructing Lingfeng Monastery,” paper presented at the sixteenth congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (Taiwan, June 21, 2011).
“Living Karma: Ethicized Bodies in Chinese Buddhism,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Atlanta, October 31, 2010).
“Repentance Rituals for Eliminating Karma: The Penitential Practice of Ouyi Zhixu,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Atlanta, November 1, 2010).
“Playing with Karma: A Buddhist Board Game,” lecture for the “Experiencing Virtual Worlds” working group at Duke University (Durham, April 29, 2010).
“Social Acts and Emotional Outlets: Functions of Buddhist Poetry in Late Imperial China,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (Philadelphia, March 25, 2010).
“Secularization and Education among Lay Buddhists in the Early Twentieth Century: The Case of Jiang Yiyuan (1876-1942),” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, sponsored by the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions (Chicago, March 27, 2009).
Co-Chair, Comparative Religious Ethics Group, American Academy of Religion, 2013-present
Member-At-Large, Executive Board, Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, 2015-present
Faculty Senate Representative, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2014-present
Mandarin Chinese, Classical Chinese, Japanese, and French (proficient), Spanish (elementary)
American Academy of Religion, Association for Asian Studies, International Association of Buddhist Studies