Gilbert Chen (陳哲) received an MA and Ph.D. in Chinese History from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Chen studies the intersection of socioeconomic forces, religion, and gender in late imperial Buddhism. More specifically, he is currently revising his dissertation into a book that will investigate the social embeddedness of rank-and-file Buddhist monks and nuns in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Chongqing. Primarily drawing on the Ba County Archive, his work examines how grassroots Buddhist clerics’ non-liturgical activities fundamentally shaped their relationship with the local society. Currently, Prof. Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Towson University, Maryland.
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