Dr. Xi He

Xi He, adjunct instructor of Buddhist literature, East Asian Cultures and Chinese

PH. D, Sanskrit studies and Buddhist literature (2012), University of Chicago


Research and Teaching Interests:
Buddhist literature, women and gender, emotions, the relationship between religion and literature, East Asian culture, literature, and religions, Sanskrit, and Chinese.

Dr. He’s research focuses on Buddhist literature, women and gender, emotions in South Asian religious traditions, and comparative study of Buddhist narratives in different canonical languages. Before coming to Boone in 2016, she was ACLS Robert Ho postdoctoral fellow for two years at UC Berkeley. She taught Sanskrit, Chinese, and courses on Buddhism, Buddhist women, and Buddhist literature at the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Macalester College, and the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Helived and studied in India for three years. Currently, she is revising her book manuscript on the Lalitavistara, an early biography of the Buddha written in Sanskrit.

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Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Sanford Hall
225 Locust Street
ASU Box 32063
Boone, NC 28608-2063
(828) 262-3095 (office)
(828) 262-7079 (fax)

DLLC Department Chair 
Dr. James Fogelquist
520 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3096 

DLLC Assistant Chair
Dr. Catherine Fountain
529 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2308 

DLLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindy Trivette
521 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3095 

LARC Director
Dr. Paul Sebastian
524 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2932

UNC World Language Exchange

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