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Dr. Jiang Wu is a professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and the director of the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Arizona. He received his Master’s degree from Nankai University in 1994 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2002.
His research interests include early modern Chinese Buddhism, particularly Chan/Zen, the formation of Buddhist canons, and the historical interactions between Chinese and Japanese Buddhism.
He is also interested in Confucianism, Chinese intellectual history and social history, and spatial analysis of regional culture and religion. He has published many journal articles and is the author of Enlightenment in Dispute: The Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-century China (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Leaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East Asia (Oxford University Press, 2015), which won the inaugural Tianzhu Best Book in Chan Studies Award. He also edited two books on the history of the Chinese Buddhist canon in East Asia and a recent one on the formation of Regional Religious Systems in Greater China. He was awarded the Certificate of Congressional Recognition and the City of Rosemead’s Award of Recognition in 2018.