Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History
Research interests: late imperial Chinese history; Manchu studies; Mongolian studies; history of relations between China and Inner Asia; the Silk Road; history of cartography; frontier studies; comparative empire; ethnicity and ethnic policy; contemporary historiography
Research interests: Chinese law and legal history; legal aspects of international trade and technology transfer; the legal profession; human rights in East Asia; transnational lawyering, U.S.-China relations
Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Research interests: history of China’s cultural elites from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties; geospatial analysis in teaching and research; China Biographical Database project; Center for Geographic Analysis; China Historical Geographic Information Systems project
Ph.D. Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Billy Brewster will be writing his dissertation, “Between Faith and Logic: Buddhist Philosophy of Religion in Ming China.” This project explores the methodological debates adjudicated by a politically-powerful network of late sixteenth-and early seventeenth-century Buddhist scholars. It shows how the Ming scholars of Buddhist Studies adapted Yogācāra to answer Western science and strengthen the Buddhist tradition.