Zhaohua Yang received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He specializes in tantric or esoteric Buddhism in middle period China; but his research interests also include Chan/Zen, indigenous scriptures, and the interactions between Buddhism and Daoism. In addition to his training in Dunhuang and pre-modern Japanese manuscripts, he has done extensive fieldwork in the Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and the US. He is working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Devouring Impurities: the Rise of the Cult of Ucchuṣma in Pre-modern China, paying particular attention to responses to transgressive tantric practices in the cult of this sole surviving Wisdom King in China.
Additional research interests include tantric or esoteric Buddhism in middle period China; indigenous scriptures; the interactions between Buddhism and Daoism; manuscript and print culture.