Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Princeton University

Research Interests

  • Intersections between Buddhism and indigenous traditions
  • Religious biography
  • Buddhist material culture

Teaching Interests

  • Chinese and Japanese religions
  • Buddhism
  • Daoism
  • Theories of religion

Selected Publications


Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China. Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism, no. 24. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015.


"Squealing Silkworms, Bug Clothes, and Maidens Who Spit Silk: Indian Silk and Sericulture in Medieval Chinese Buddhism." Under review.

"‘Bald-headed Destroyers of Living Things': Shaping Buddhist Identity in the Silk Cultures of Medieval China." Asia Major, Forthcoming.

"For a Compassionate Killing: Chinese Buddhism, Sericulture, and the Silkworm God Aśvaghoṣa." Journal of Chinese Religions 41.1 (2013): 25-58.


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