Daigengna Duoer

Buddhism in early 20th Century Inner Mongolia and Manchuria; empire, modernity, colonialism, and transnational networks
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Daigengna Duoer (pronounced “dye-gain-na” “door“; she/her/hers) is a Canadian Ph.D. candidate specializing in Buddhism in modern Inner and East Asia. She is interested in Buddhism in twentieth-century Inner Mongolia and Manchuria. She studies and maps transnational and transregional Buddhist networks in modern East Asia connecting Inner Mongolia, Manchuria, Tibet, Republican China, and Imperial Japan. Her main advisor is Professor Vesna Wallace. Professor José Cabezón, Professor Kate McDonald (History), and Professor Xiaowei Zheng (History) are on her dissertation committee.

Daigengna completed both of her H.B.A. in Buddhist Studies and Art History and M.A. in Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto.

Daigengna mainly works with Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan, and Mongolian sources. She is actively adding Manchu and Korean to her language abilities. She also reads French and is Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 and Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK-Chinese) Level 6 certified.

Academic Awards:
Daigengna is a recipient of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral scholarship and the Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Beyond Borders Dissertation Completion Scholarship.

Daigengna had the honor to receive the Professor Charles H. Long Memorial Award for the  Academic Achievement in the Study of the History of Religions from the UCSB Religious Studies Department in 2019. In 2020 and 2021, she received from the department the Graduate Advisor’s Exceptional Service Award and the Chair’s Distinguished Service Award for her service as Lead TA in the AY 2019-2021. In 2021, Daigengna received the Wilbur M. Fridell Memorial Award along with her fellow graduate students Kaitlyn Ugoretz, Mason Johnson, and Mariangela Carpinteri.

Daigengna was nominated for the 2020-2021 Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2020-21 Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at UC Santa Barbara.

Daigengna, Kaitlyn Ugoretz, and Keita Moore are the recipients of the Graduate Collaborative Research Grant for the GAMING + Project, an online conference on game studies. This grant was generously provided by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UC Santa Barbara.


Duoer, Daigengna. “Making the Esoteric Public: The Ninth Panchen Lama and the Trans-ethnonational Rituals of the Kālacakra Initiations in Early Twentieth-Century East Asia,” Acta Mongolica 2019, 18 (532), pp.131-175(open access)

Duoer, Daigengna. From “Lama Doctors” to “Mongolian Doctors”: Regulations of Inner Mongolian Buddhist Medicine under Changing Regimes and the Crises of Modernity (1911-1976)Religions 2019, 10, 373. (open access)

Courses Taught as Instructor:

Summer, 2020              RS21 Zen Buddhism (Summer Session A). UC Santa Barbara.

Fall, 2019                      RS73 Introduction to Japanese Religions. UC Santa Barbara.

Summer, 2019              RS4 Introduction to Buddhism (Summer Session A). UC Santa Barbara.

Teaching Assistantships:

Summer, 2021      RS4 Introduction to Buddhism

Spring, 2021          RS3 Asian Religious Traditions

Winter, 2021         RS4 Introduction to Buddhism

Fall, 2020               RS31 Religions of Tibet

Winter, 2020         RS4 Introduction to Buddhism

Spring, 2019          RS4 Introduction to Buddhism

Winter, 2019         RS4 Introduction to Buddhism

Fall, 2018               RS21 Zen Buddhism

Spring, 2018          EACS4B East Asia Modern

Professional Activities and Services:
Daigengna served as the Lead TA for the Religious Studies Department here at UCSB from Fall 2019 to Summer 2021.

Daigengna is a host for the New Books in East Asia Studies Podcast, a channel on the New Books Network. For a list of interviews that she has done, see here. She is also the Editor-in-Chief for the Digital Orientalist, an online magazine on digital humanities.