Simona Lazzerini

PhD Student in Religious Studies, admitted Autumn 2016
MA, Columbia University, Religious Studies, 2016
MA, Fudan University, Chinese Philosophy and Culture, 2013
MS, Central Connecticut State University, International Studies and Areas (East Asia), 2013
BA, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Modern Languages, 2009
Simona Lazzerini

Simona Lazzerini is a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies specializing in East Asian Buddhism. Her fields of interest include demonology, female deities, Chinese and Japanese visual and material culture, and the intersection between religion and popular culture. Her dissertation, Mother of Demons and Dharma Protector: Tracing Hārītī’s Worship in East Asia, explores the different manifestations and worship(s) of the Buddhist goddess Hārītī in East Asia, covering a period spanning from the fourth century CE to modern times.


Research Interests

Field of Interest
Female deities
Popular practices
Chinese and Japanese material culture
Violence in religious practices