Department ofReligion

Erik J. Hammerstrom

Erik J. Hammerstrom

Assistant Professor of East Asian and Comparative Religions

253-535-7225 (office)



B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1997

M.A., University of Hawai'i, 2003

Ph.D., Indiana University, 2010


Erik Hammerstrom teaches about religion in China and East Asia, with a focus on Buddhism. In his research he specializes in the intellectual and institutional history of Chinese Buddhism during the modern period. He has studied Buddhist responses to elements of modernity, such as the discourses surrounding both religion and modern science; and has recently begun work on a "biography" of the Huáyán 華嚴 school of Chinese Buddhism in the twentieth century. His work has appeared in the Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal 中華佛學學報, Theology and Science, and the Journal of Chinese Religion. He also helped establish the Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism, which he continues to co-edit.