PhD, Princeton University
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Douglas M. Gildow, originally from the United States (Ohio), completed his PhD from Princeton University in religious studies in 2016. Before coming to CUHK in 2018, he held the Sheng Yen postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Religion, Florida State University.
Gildow’s research interests center of modern and contemporary Chinese Buddhism and extend to the late imperial period and to Chinese popular religion. He has published on relic worship, Buddhist mummification, Chan historiography, ritual performance, and the intellectual history of Chinese elite assessments of Buddhism. He has also given presentations on monastic education and vinaya studies, as well as translated two books on Buddhism from Chinese into English. His current book project, titled Monastic Buddhist Education, examines a historically new institution, the Buddhist seminary, and analyzes its impact on Buddhism and academia.
Gildow’s has taught courses on Buddhism, Chinese religions, and Asian religions and cultures more generally.