Cody Bahir was the 2017-2019 Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Scholar of Chinese Buddhism. His research focuses on the magical and supernatural aspects of modern Chinese religiosity. He was awarded his PhD in Asian Studies from Leiden University in 2017. He additionally holds an MA in Philosophy and Religion focused on Chinese Buddhism from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and another in Jewish Studies from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). His MA thesis was on the medieval Kabbalistic understanding of the ‘evil eye.’ His BA in Jewish Studies is from American Jewish University (AJU). From 2011-2017, Cody lived in Southern Taiwan (Taichung, Kaohsiung, Tainan and Pingtung), conducting onsite fieldwork at various Buddhist and Daoist communities. Cody has taught at Fooyin University of Science and Technology in Kaohsiung, Skyline College in San Bruno, California, and HUC-JIR as well as AJU in Los Angeles.
2017-2019 Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism