Dr. Eichman Research Associate at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, SOAS. Her primary area of expertise is late Ming Dynasty Chinese Buddhist traditions, however, her research extends from the sixteenth to twenty-first century. Her most enduring theoretical interest is in the relationship between network and discourse. Her first book focused on the sustaining power of associative life in the creation of a Chinese Buddhist fellowship and the contemporary intra-Buddhist and Yangming Confucian discourses vital to their desire for self-cultivation. Her next two book projects build on that work. One project shifts the focus from a network of people to the circulation of ideas prominent in late sixteenth-century elite discourse on “the three teachings coalesce in the one” (sanjiaoheyi 三教合一). The second project examines late Ming religious literacy with respect to Buddhist reading practices. She is also working on several projects focused on gender and Buddhist cultivation, specifically female epistolary writing. And finally, her work on sixteenth-century elite male Buddhist practice has resulted in further research on Wang Yangming 王陽明 (1472-1529) and Yangming Confucian discourse.