Faculty Bio

Michael Walsh

Associate Professor of Religion and Director of Asian Studies

Michael J. Walsh, B.Soc. Sci. (Hons.), University of Cape Town; M.A., & Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion, as well as an active member of the Asian Studies Program at Vassar College. He teaches courses on the cultural history of the study of religion, China’s political and socioreligious culture, methods and theories in the study of religion, Buddhism and monastic life, colonialism and religion, violence and religion, and the production of sacred space and cultural geography. His first book Sacred Economies: Buddhist Monasticism and Territoriality in Medieval China is published by Columbia University Press. He is currently working on two other book projects, one on religion, politics and modernity in China (The Politics of the Sacred), the other, on Buddhist temple space.