Aihua Zheng is a PhD candidate in the department of history specializing in Japanese history, with a focus on modern Japan and Japanese Buddhism. She received interdisciplinary academic training in methods and theories in the study of history and religion. Her broad scholarship includes transnational history and East Asian religions. She has taught courses on Japanese history, Japanese religions, history of Buddhism, and history of religions (especially Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism) in the colonial and modern world.
She is currently at work on her doctoral dissertation, entitled "Rinzai Zen and Shaku Sōen in Modern Japan, 1868-1919."
Selected Honors and Awards:
Marcus Bach Fellowship, Fall 2015, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa.
ECGGPS Travel Grant, University of Iowa (2013).
University of Iowa Graduate College Summer Fellowship (2012).
South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) Tuition Award for Sanskrit Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010).
Crossing Borders Fellowship Program, University of Iowa (2009-2011).