Kwi Jeong Lee
Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism
Office: 80 Claremont Ave, Rm. 210
PhD: Princeton University
Buddhist apologetics, inter-religious debate, material/visual culture, sensuous religion, media theory
Kwi Jeong Lee specializes in medieval Chinese Buddhism. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Religion at Princeton University in 2018. Her current project examines how and why Buddhist cultic images fueled controversy among learned circles from 300 to 700 CE. Through the analysis of the anti-Buddhist controversy over the devotional use of material objects, her project tracks the trajectory in which the rhetoric of idolatry prompted Buddhist apologists to formulate a sophisticated theory of cultic images in medieval China.