Mengxiao Wang

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2019-2021 Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Buddhism

Mengxiao Wang was the 2019-2021 Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellow of Chinese Buddhism. Her research focuses on religion and literature in late imperial China, with a special interest in the intersections between ritual and theatrical performance, religious practice and literary form, elite culture and folk traditions. Born and raised in China, she received her B.A. (2009) and M.A. (2012) from Beijing Normal University, and her Ph.D. (2019) from Yale University. Her Ph.D. dissertation explores the interactions and negotiations between theater and Buddhism in 16th-18th-century China. At Berkeley, Mengxiao is working on her book project based on the dissertation and several articles. She is also teaching courses on Buddhism and Chinese literature (spring 2020) and Readings in Chinese Buddhist texts (spring 2021). She is a big fan of Kunqu Opera.