Elise Anne DeVido received her doctorate in History and Asian Languages from Harvard University. She lived in Taiwan for a number of years and there she served as Secretary-General of the Taipei Ricci Institute for Chinese Studies, and taught history at National Chengchi University and at National Taiwan Normal University. She has published works on women and gender in Chinese and in Vietnamese Buddhism; on the transnational Buddhist revivals of the early twentieth century; and on Engaged Buddhism. SUNY Press published her book, Taiwan’s Buddhist Nuns, in 2010. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of history at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University in China.