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I teach Chinese Religions in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA.  My primary research focus is Chinese Buddhism and its role in broader cultural, intellectual, and social realms from the Song dynasty to the contemporary era. 

I received my PhD from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, and my MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan.  Before coming to UCLA, I was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. 

At UCLA, I am affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies, the Center for the Study of Religionthe Center for Chinese Studies, and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.