David (Max) Moerman

Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College
PhD, Stanford University
Graduation Year
Dissertation Title
"Localizing Paradise: Kumano Pilgrimage in Medieval Japan"
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Max's research focuses on premodern Japanese Buddhism. He is the author of Localizing Paradise: Kumano Pilgrimage and the Religious Landscape of Premodern Japan (2005) and The Japanese Buddhist World Map: Religious Vision and the Cartographic Imagination (2021). Max serves as Associate Director of the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Culture and of the Columbia Center for Japanese Religions.