Academic positions

  • 2022–present, Professor of Asian History & Health Humanities, The Abington College of the Penn State University
  • 2016–2022, Associate Professor of Asian History & Religious Studies, Abington College
  • 2010–2016, Assistant Professor  of Asian History & Religious Studies, Abington College
  • 2013, Visiting Faculty Fellow, Religion Department, Duke University
  • 2011-12, 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.

Teaching awards

  • 2020, Penn State University Teaching & Learning with Technology Impact Award
  • 2019, Penn State University Teaching & Learning with Technology Faculty Fellow
  • 2018, Teaching Transformation & Innovation Grant, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
  • 2017, Abington College Ogontz Award (i.e., highest award given to faculty by student body)
  • 2015, Abington College Diversity Award
  • 2015, New Media Consortium Idea Lab Winner for interdisciplinary course on Visualization
  • 2014, Teaching Transformation & Innovation Grant, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
  • 2013, Duke University Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellowship

Grants & research awards

  • 2023, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitational Fellowship
  • 2022, Institute for East-West Medicine Grant ($50K for research project)
  • 2019, Penn State University Teaching & Learning with Technology Faculty Fellowship
  • 2016, Abington College Faculty Senate Scholar Award (i.e., “Scholar of the Year”)
  • 2014–17, Global Research Network Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (co-recipient of 3-year $230K research fellowship)
  • 2011–12, Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Regional Faculty Fellowship
  • 2009–10, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2008–09, Fulbright IIE Taiwan with Critical Language Extension Award

Invited academic presentations

  • 2022: SOAS, University of Toronto, Bucknell University, SUNY Buffalo, NYU
  • 2021: UC Santa Barbara, Oxford University
  • 2020: Johns Hopkins University, Moravian College, Johns Hopkins Medical School
  • 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, 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

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