(Ph.D., Princeton University) is Assistant Professor of East Asian religions.
He teaches courses in Asian and Chinese religions, Buddhism and Daoism. His teaching and research interests include the intersections between Buddhism and indigenous traditions, religious biography, and Buddhist material culture.
He is currently working on book manuscript titled Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China, which examines how medieval Chinese Buddhists understood their ancient Indian forebears as models of Buddhist practice for a world without a Buddha.
He is also researching strategies devised by Chinese Buddhists and Daoists to reconcile their moral, doctrinal, and ritual systems - and commercial interests - with the all-important silk industry.