Field: East Asian Religion
Advisor: Michael Como
Iris (Lanxin) Zhang is a Ph.D. student in East Asian religions. Her research interests center on ritual and spatiality within the context of premodern East Asian religions. Her research project focuses on Buddhist healing rituals and practices as transmitted from China to Japan from 10th to 14th centuries. In her M.A. thesis, she investigated the construction of pilgrimage sites within the broad cultural background of medieval Japan. She draws from a wide range of sources, including scriptures, monogatari, diaries, and pictorial scrolls. Iris holds a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.