I am Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, and I specialize in the study of Chinese Buddhism. I received my B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and my Ph.D. from Columbia University. My first book project explores the formation of Chan (K. Sŏn, J. Zen) Buddhist identity and its role in the transformation of religious authority in Song dynasty China (960–1279). I've done research in China, Taiwan, and Japan with the support of grants from the Fulbright program and the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai.

Read a reflection on my visit to a Buddhist statue factory in Taiwan here.