Jiang Wu is professor of Chinese Religion and Thought in the Department of East Asian Studies and the founding director of Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Arizona. He went to Harvard University in 1996 with a scholarship from the Harvard-Yenching Institute. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies in 2002.
His research interests include Chinese Buddhism, especially Chan/Zen Buddhism and the Chinese Buddhist canon; Sino-Japanese Buddhist exchanges; and the application of GIS tools in the study of Chinese culture and religion. He is the author of Enlightenment in Dispute: The Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-Century China (Oxford, 2008) and Leaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East Asia (Oxford, 2015). He has coedited Spreading Buddha’s Word in East Asia: The Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon (Columbia, 2016).