I am a historian of Chinese Buddhism. At present I am completing a Ph.D. in Columbia University's Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, where I'm writing a dissertation on 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. Before coming to Columbia, I received my B.A. in the liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College.