M.A. Thesis: Imagining Mediums: The Iconography of Chinese Spirit Mediumship
During his time with the Department, Matthew studied Chinese religion, language, and iconography with Poul Andersen and participated on the Daoist Iconography Project developmental team. Since graduation, Matthew has returned to his native East Tennessee where he currently apprentices in a cabinetry shop. In the fall of 2011, Matthew will begin studying law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Throughout his pursuits, the mysteries of the human condition remain a constant source of wonderment.
M.A. Thesis: Why Do Bad Gods Look So Good?: The Iconography of Daoism's Four Great Yuanshuai
At UH, Michael studied Daoism with Poul Andersen and participated in the development of the Daoist Iconography Project. Since graduating, he spent two years teaching as a Lecturer in the Department of Religion at the University of Vermont. Afterwards, he moved to Taiwan, where he studied language and conducted research for two years. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chinese Religion at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.