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 (Harvard, 2005). He is currently working on a manuscript on "Geographies of the Imagination: Buddhism and the Japanese World Map." Max serves as associate director of the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Culture and of the Columbia Center for Japanese Religions.