• PhD Literature. University of California, San Diego (UCSD). La Jolla, CA. Advisor: Richard Cohen. April 2016.
  • M.A. Comparative Literature. Magna cum laude. State University of New York: Stony Brook (SBU). Stony Brook, NY. 2008
  • M.A. American Studies. Magna cum laude. University of Antwerp, Belgium. 2007
  • M.A. Germanic Languages and Literatures. Summa cum laude. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Brussels, Belgium. 2006
  • B.A. Germanic Languages and Literatures. Cum laude. VUB. 2004


  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
    • “Portraying Zen Buddhism in the Twentieth Century: Encounter Dialogues as Frame-Stories in Daisetz Suzuki’s Introduction to Zen Buddhism and Janwillem Van de Wetering’s The Empty Mirror.” Accepted for publication in Japan Studies Review.
    • “Reading Chan Encounter Dialogue during the Song Dynasty: The Record of Linji, the Lotus Sutra, and the Sinification of Buddhism.” Forthcoming in Buddhist-Christian Studies, October 2017.
    • “Inventing the Zen Buddhist Samurai: Yoshikawa Eiji’s Musashi and Japanese Modernity.” The Journal of Popular Culture 49.5 (2016). 1125-1145. Link.
  • Encyclopedia Entries
    •  “Nishida Kitarō.” Encyclcopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. Taylor and Francis, 2016. Link.
  • Other Publications
    • Review of Champions of Buddhism: Weikza Cults in Contemporary Burma. Southeast Asian Studies 4.3 (2015). 629-631. Link.
    • “‘The First Tasting of a Narcosis’: Translating and Interpreting Jacques Derrida’s Cosmopolites de tous les pays, encore un effort!” Portals: A Journal in Comparative Literature 10. 2011. Link.


  • 2015-16 Dissertation Writing Fellowship. Literature Department. UCSD.
  • 2015 Friends of the International Center Fellowship. Friends of the International Center, UCSD.
  • 2014-5 DISSERTATION WORKSHOP FELLOWSHIP. Center for the Humanities, UCSD.
  • 2013 Summer Research Fellowship. Literature Department, UCSD.
  • 2011-2012 Chinese Scholarship Council Scholarship. Chinese Scholarship Council. Beijing, China.
  • 2009-2010  Making of the Modern World Teaching Assistant Award. Eleanor Roosevelt College, UCSD.
  • 2007-2008 Belgian-American Education Foundation Fellowship. Belgian-American Education Foundation. Brussels, Belgium.


  • “Zen Encounter Dialogues as Utopian Narrative: The Ideal World of the Song Dynasty Record of Linji.” Buddhist Philosophy Unit, annual conference of the American Academy of Religion. Boston, MA. November 18-21, 2017.
  • “Koan and Murder: Janwillem van de Wetering’s detective novels and the representation of Zen Buddhism.” Invited talk at Duke University, Durham, NC. April 12, 2017.
  • “D.T. Suzuki’s Influence on Monastic Memoirs.” At “Reflections on DT Suzuki.” Conference organized by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken). Kyoto, Japan. 3-10 December 2016.
  • “An Environmental Utopia: Black Mirror and the ‘Trouble with Wilderness.’” At “Climate Change: Views from the Humanities.” Conference of the Environmental Humanities Institute (EHI). Santa Barbara, CA. May 3-24.
  • “‘Mountains, rivers, and the whole earth:’ Gender, Lineage, and the Performance of Chan Buddhist Encounter Dialogue.” “Scripture as Literature” Panel, annual conference of the Modern Languages Association (MLA). Austin, TX. 7-10 January 2016.
  •  “Monks Encountering Samurai: Zen Buddhism and Imperialism in Eiji Yoshikawa’s Musashi.” “Rising Asia” panel, annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). Seattle, WA. 26-29 March 2015.
  • “Encounter Dialogue and the Song Sinification of Buddhism.” At “Buddhist Meditation:
History, Culture, Development, Science.” Buddhist Studies Graduate Conference, University of Virginia, VA. February 28-March 02, 2014.
  • “Visions of Linji: Encounter Dialogue and Religious Authority.” At “Network and Identity: Exchange Relations Between China and the World.” Ghent University, Belgium. 18-20 December 2013.
  • “‘The First Tasting of a Narcosis’: Translating Jacques Derrida’s Cosmopolites de tous les pays, encore un effort!” ACLA Conference. New Orleans, LA. 1-4 April 2010.
  • “‘Het geweeste wou er blijvend zijn’: De hervertelling van verleden en heden in het recente oeuvre van Jacques Hamelink.” At “Workshop Vers en Verhaal: Narratiewe strukture en tegnieke in lyriese poëzie.” Northwestern University, Potchefstroom. South Africa. 2-4 July 2009.
  • “‘The Monosyllabicness of the Cuckoo’: Jacques Hamelink and the Past.” At CLCS Colloquium Series 2008-2009. Stony Brook University. September 22, 2008.
  • “‘Patterned Lute’ or ‘Ornamented Zither’? An Interpretation of Jacques Hamelink’s Kinksteen van Ch’in”. At “‘Currency’: Fourth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Symposium”. Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University. April 26, 2008.


  • Visiting Assistant Professor. St. Olaf College.
    • Comparative Scriptures
    • Introduction to Buddhism
    • Chinese and Japanese Religions
    • Zen Masters: History and Criticism
  • Lecturer. Instructor of Record. UCSD.
    • “Exploring the Premodern World: The Great Mystical Traditions.”
    • “Classical and Medieval Traditions.”
  • Teaching Assistant. UCSD. 11 Sections taught over 5 years. Making of the Modern World Program. Courses combined a broad survey of world history with writing instruction. 2010-2015.
    • “Exploring the Modern World.”
    • “Exploring the Premodern World.”
    • “Twentieth Century and Beyond.” (2 sections)
    • “Classical and Medieval Traditions.”
    • “Revolution, Industry and Empire.” (3 sections)
    • “New Ideas and Cultural Encounters.”
    • “Classical and Medieval Traditions.”
    • “Pre-history and Ancient Foundations.
  • Graduate Research Assistant
    • UCSD. 2014-5. How can recent findings in cognitive science help us understand Renaissance discourse on writing and the figure of the hand?
    • VUB. 2009. How does a contemporary Dutch poet portray ancient Chinese history?
  • Coordinator. Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Change. UCSD. 2013-2015.Organized several seminar-style sessions bringing researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds in conversation.