Susan Andrews, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Disciplines Taught: Religious Studies, Theology


  • B.A., 2001, Mount Allison University
  • M.A., 2004, McMaster University
  • M.Phil., 2009, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., 2013, Columbia University

Professional Experience

Member of the American Academy of Religion, the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS)


  • “Tales of Huasi 化寺 in Qing Gazetteers,” Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (January 2012)
  • “The Stūpa of the Prince’s Auto-Cremation and the Making of Mount Wutai,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, California, November 19-22, 2011.
  • “Moving Mountains: Japanese Instantiations of the Wutai 五臺山 Wenshu 文殊Cult,” XVIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Jinshan, Taiwan, June 20-25, 2011.
  • “Divine Originals and the Making of Mount Wutai: A comparison of three Japanese and Chinese legends,” Buddhist Dynamics in East Asian Religions: A Columbia Graduate Student Conference, Italian School of East Asian Studies, Kyoto, Japan, June 18, 2011.
  • “Tales of Conjured Temples (huasi 化寺) in Qing period (1644-1912) Mountain Gazetteers,” Wutaishan and Qing Culture Conference, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY, May 12-13, 2007.


East Asian sacred place and pilgrimage traditions, interactions between cults dedicated to local deities and those devoted to bodhisattvas, and the relationship between hagiography and landscape. Concentration: Mount Wutai’s 五臺山 emergence as the object of regional, national, and then international patronage between the sixth and twelfth centuries.

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