Jue Liang
Doctoral Student
University of Virginia

Jue Liang is a PhD candidate at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. She is currently writing her dissertation, titled Conceiving the Mother of Tibet: The Life, Lives, and Afterlife of Ye shes mtsho rgyal. This dissertation explores the formation of a literary tradition surrounding Ye shes mtsho rgyal in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and proposes an understanding of this tradition as growing out of and reflecting the theological concerns of the Rnying ma Buddhist communities at the time. Jue's research interests include gender and sexuality in Buddhism, the hagiographical tradition in Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan historiography and literature, female Buddhist masters and practitioners, and Treasure (gter ma) literature. Jue holds a BA in Chinese Literature and an MA in History from Renmin University of China, and an MA in History of Religions from the University of Chicago.