Academic positions

  • 2016–present, Associate Professor of Asian History and Religious Studies, The Abington College of the Penn State University
  • 2010–2016, Assistant Professor  of Asian History and Religious Studies, Abington College
  • 2013 (Fall semester), Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow, Religion Department, Duke University
  • 2011-12, Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Regional Faculty Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2009–10, Instructor, Depts. of History and Religious Studies, Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY)
  • 2008–09, Visiting scholar, Dharma Drum Buddhist College and Academia Sinica Institute of History & Philology (Taiwan)
  • 2007–08, Instructor, Expository Writing Program and Dept. of History of Science, Medicine, & Technology, Johns Hopkins University

Leadership & editorial positions


  • Ph.D., History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2010. Dissertation title: “Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China: Disease, Healing, and the Body in Crosscultural Translation (2nd to 8th Centuries C.E.).” [Dissertation Review; revised version published in 2014 by University of Pennsylvania Press]. Graduate fields: History of religion and medicine in China; history of religion and medicine in India; history of medicine in the West; Chinese history.
  • M.A., East Asian Studies, University of Virginia, 2005Thesis title: “Thai Medicine Reconsidered: ‘Royal’ and ‘Rural’ Practitioners and the Struggle to Define a Tradition.” (Revised version published in 2007 by Hohm Press; 2nd edition 2015 White Lotus Press.)
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1996Majors: Anthropology, Cognitive Science. Minor: East Asian Studies.

Major honors, awards, and grants

  • 2018, Teaching Transformation & Innovation Grant, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
  • 2017, Senior Research Fellowship, Leipzig University
  • 2017, Abington College Chief Ogontz Award (i.e., highest award given to faculty by student body)
  • 2016, Abington College Faculty Senate Scholar Award (i.e., “Scholar of the Year”)
  • 2015, Abington College Diversity Award
  • 2015, New Media Consortium Idea Lab Winner for interdisciplinary course on Visualization
  • 2014–17, Global Research Network Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (co-recipient of 3-year $230K research fellowship)
  • 2013, Duke University Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellowship
  • 2011–12, Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Regional Faculty Fellowship
  • 2009–10, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2009–10, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (declined)
  • 2008–09, Fulbright IIE Taiwan
  • 2008, Fulbright Critical Language Extension Award

Invited talks & presentations

  • 2019: Warburg Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Binghamton University, Huntington Library, California State University Bakersfield, University of Hawaii, University of Rochester, Utica College, University of Georgia.
  • 2018: National Museum of Thailand, University of Montréal, University of Heidelberg.
  • 2017: University of Michigan, Dartmouth, Duke, University of Utah, Kyung Hee University, Leipzig University, Columbia University, Ottawa University, UPenn
  • 2016: UCLA, Columbia, University of Toronto, Goucher College, Leipzig University, UPenn
  • 2015: Georgetown, Harvard, University of British Columbia, University of Michigan
  • 2014: Yale, Bowdoin, University of Miami, Southern Methodist University, University of Leeds, Washington University in St. Louis, Wonkwang University
  • 2013: Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, Donghwasa Temple (organized by Columbia University), UPenn, West Chester University, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
  • 2012: University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, University of Toronto, McMaster University, UPenn, Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science
  • 2011 and earlier: Duke, West Chester University, Cornell, Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Academia Sinica

(Full CV available upon request.)