I am a scholar of Buddhist Studies, print culture, and the history of religion in modern China. In my dissertation "Conversion by the Book: Buddhist Print Culture in Early Republican China" I argue that print culture acted as a catalyst for change among Buddhists in modern China. Through examining major publication institutions, publishing projects, and their managers and contributors from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s, I show that the expansion of the scope and variety of printed works, as well as new the social structures surrounding publishing, substantially impacted the activity of Chinese Buddhists. In doing so I hope to contribute to ongoing discussions of the 'revival' of Chinese Buddhism in the modern period, and demonstrate that publishing, propelled by new print technologies and new forms of social organization, was a key field of interaction and communication for religious actors during this era, one that helped make possible the introduction and adoption of new forms of religious thought and practice.
Forthcoming: Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012, co-editor with Philip Clart and chapter contributor. Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, early 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.
"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
Review of Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity by Rebecca Nedostup. Religious Studies Review, 36 (Sept. 2010): 245.
Digital Bibliography of Chinese Buddhism 中國佛教電子書目
An online, searchable bibliography of Chinese Buddhist publications, 1860s - 1950s.
Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism (DMCB) 近代中國佛教檢索
A collaborative, open-content online wiki database on Buddhism in China, 1850 - 1950.
"1898-1948: The Fifty Years that Changed Chinese Religion" 1898-1948: 改變了中國宗教的50年
Contributing project member to the bibliography of Chinese religious publications in Shanghai, 1898 - 1948.
The Online Index of Chinese Buddhism 中國佛教網路資料索引
A website that presents collected links and short descriptions for online resources useful for the study of Buddhism in China. It has been updated since August 26, 2006 and was featured in The Asian Studies WWW Monitor, late Feb 2009, Vol. 16, No. 4 (293).
Contributing author and editor of Finding Aids for the Burke Library Archives, Missionary Research Library Collection
Upcoming: "上海佛學書局與20世紀前半上海的資本, 慈善事業, 和出版合流點角色" (Shanghai Buddhist Books and the role of early Twentieth-century Shanghai as a Nexus of Capital, Philanthropy, and Publishing). Paper to be given at the conference for "1898-1948: Fifty Years that Changed Chinese Religions", Insititute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, November 11-12, 2013
Upcoming: "Sacred Cities: Urban Buddhism in Modernizing Asia, 1850 - 1950", Panel Organizer and Paper Presenter: "Shanghai Buddhist Books (Shanghai Foxue shuju) and Shanghai as a Nexus of Chinese Buddhist Publishing in the 1930s", American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 23-26, 2013
Upcoming: " Revisiting the Revival: Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China", Workshop Co-Presider, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 23-26, 2013
"Networks of Content and Collaboration in Early Chinese Buddhist Periodicals, 1912 - 1918", Workshop on Modern Chinese Buddhism, Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, November 29, 2012
Paper Presenter: "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", Fourth International Conference of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, Taiwan, June 3, 2012
"Early Chinese-language Buddhist Periodicals as Social and Religious Networks", Workshop on Buddhists and Buddhism in the History of Twentieth Century China, May 30, 2012, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Panel Convenor: "The Construction of Religion between China and Japan, 1860s - 1930s", Paper Presenter: "Periodicals, Canons, and Buddhist Print Culture in Translation between China and Japan", Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, March 15, 2012
Panel Co-Convenor: "Publishing Religion, Negotiating the Party-State: New Perspectives on Religion in Modern China", Paper Presenter: "Classical Exegesis and the Dharma: Navigating the Sea of Scriptures with Ding Fubao (1874 - 1952)", American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 21, 2011
Panel Convenor: "Right Belief, Orthodoxy, and the Boundaries of Modern Chinese Buddhism", Paper Presenter: "Print Culture and the Making of Buddhist Histories in Meiji and Republican East Asia", XVIth Congress of the International Association for Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Buddhist College, New Taipei City, Taiwan, June 24, 2011
"Print Culture and the Making of Buddhist Histories in Meiji and Republican East Asia", Buddhist Dynamics in East Asian Religions, Italian School of East Asian Studies, Kyoto, June 18, 2011
"The Dharma Through a Glass Darkly: On the Study of Modern Chinese Buddhism through Missionary Sources," Third International Conference of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, May 31, 2010
"The Dharma Through a Glass Darkly: On the Study of Modern Chinese Buddhism through Missionary Sources," North American Graduate Students Conference on Buddhist Studies, Toronto, Canada, April 10, 2010
Panel Discussant: "Religious Narratives," Columbia University Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, February 6, 2010
"World Religions in Missionary Attire: Timothy Richard and his New Testament of Higher Buddhism," talk presented as part of Religion Unwound series at Columbia University Department of Religion, October 13, 2009
"Secularization and Statecraft: The Buddhist Nationalism of Dai Jitao (1890-1949)," panel on "Chinese Lay Buddhists in the Early Twentieth Century and the Question of Secularization: Four Case Studies - Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions," Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March 26, 2009
Panel discussant: "Buddhist Practice and Cultural Identity," Columbia University Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, February 7, 2009
"Secularization and Statecraft: The Buddhist Nationalism of Dai Jitao (1890-1949)," Columbia University Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, February 6, 2009
"The Revival of the Weishi School in Modern Chinese Buddhism", Columbia University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference, April 10, 2008