I am a historian of religion whose work focuses on late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century East Asia, particularly Buddhism in the Republic of China (1912-1949). My research interests include print culture, publishing, sacred space, material culture, Christian missionary representations of East Asian religions, and the development of digital humanities resources as research and reference tools. My current project looks at Buddhist temple reconstruction, material culture, and religious revival in modern China.
Forthcoming: Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012, co-editor with Philip Clart and chapter contributor. Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, anticipated 2014.
"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.
"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.
Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China
A seminar to be held at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion over five years, 2014-2018, and which will result in the publication of an edited volume on the life and work of Holmes Welch.
The Digital Catalogue of Chinese Buddhism 中國佛教數字目錄
An online, searchable catalogue 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: "Absolutely Not a Business: Scriptural Presses and the Commercialization of Chinese Buddhist Print Culture in the 1920s", presentation at the workshop on "Asian Buddhism: Plural Colonialisms and Plural Modernities", Kyoto University and Ryukoku University, Kyoto, December 12-14, 2014.
Upcoming: Presider for "Educating Religious Experts for the Nation: Institutions and Curricula for Christian, Han Buddhist and Daoist Specialists in modern China" seminar, annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 22-25, 2014.
Upcoming: "Sacred Spaces, Printing, and the Meaning of 'Revival' in Welch's The Buddhist Revival in China", presentation at the "Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China" seminar, annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 22-25, 2014.
"The Kalaviṇka Hermitage Canon, The First Chinese Buddhist Canon of the Modern Era", Fifth International Conference of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, June 30, 2014.
"Balancing Merit and Profit in the Shanghai Buddhist Books Company", Chinese Studies Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, February 5, 2014.
"Orientalism, Buddhology, and the Legacies of Mission Scholarship: Timothy Richard's New Testament of Higher Buddhism", Centre for the Study of World Christianity Seminar Programme, New College, University of Edinburgh, January 14, 2014.
"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 24, 2013.
"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, 2013.
"上海佛學書局有限公司: 功德經濟, 商業經濟, 以及上海與出版在近代中國宗教的地位 (The Shanghai Buddhist Books Company: Merit Economy, Commercial Economy, and the Place of Shanghai and Publishing in Modern Chinese Religion)." Paper submitted for the conference for "1898-1948: Fifty Years that Changed Chinese Religions", Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, November 21-22, 2013.
"Navigating the Library of Babel: Building and Rebuilding a Digital Catalogue for Modern Chinese Buddhism." Presentation as part of "A Digital Humanities Workshop in Four Keys: Medicine, Law, Bibliography, and Crime," The University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, November 11, 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.