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Dr. Hsieh received her PhD and master's degrees in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and a master's degree in History from the University of California-Santa Barbara. She received her bachelor's degree in History from the National Taiwan University. She did two-year postdoctoral research at University of California-Berkeley, and was a Research Associate and Visiting Faculty in the Women's Studies Program at Harvard Divinity School. Her current research interests include Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism and Buddhist nuns in imperial China. She has a chapter on "Images of Women in Ch'an Buddhist Literature of the Sung Period (960-1279)" in Buddhism in the Sung (University of Hawaii Press, 1999). Her paper "Buddhist Nuns in Sung China" is published in the Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies (SUNY) 30 (2000). She has also contributed a number of articles on Chinese Buddhism to the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (N. Y.: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002), Encyclopedia of Buddhism (N. Y.: MacMillan Reference, 2003), Berkshire Encyclopedia of China (M.A.: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2009), and Brill Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Vol. II (Brill, 2019). Her article "Poetry and Chan Gong'an:  From Xuedou Chongxian (980-1052) to Wumen Huikai (1183-1260)" is published in the Journal of Song-Yuan Studies 40 (2010).  She is a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.