Thomas Michael

Tom Michael145 Bay State Road, Suite B05
Boston, MA 02215
T: 617.358.3585; F: 617.358.3087
Spring 2016 Office Hours: Tues 2:00-3:00, 5:00-6:00


Tom Michael received his Ph. D. in the History of Religions from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago in 2001. His teaching and research focus on Chinese religions, including Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and popular religions. He published The Pristine Dao: Metaphysics in Early Daoist Discourse in 2005, which explores the religious dimensions of early Daoism by examining the fundamental ideas of this tradition about the Dao. His current research is directed to various elements of early Chinese religion, with a particular emphasis on the place and function of shamanism. He is undertaking a project that attempts a comprehensive examination of the ancient and early Chinese records of shamanism, from oracle bones to myth, poetry, song, and the official bureaucratic writings. His courses deal primarily with the various foundational texts of Chinese religions, philosophy, mythology, and literature.

Complete CV


Complete CV

63228_covIn the Shadows of the Dao: Laozi, the Sage, and the Daodejing
By Thomas Michael
State University of New York Press
September 2015
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Pristine DaoThe Pristine Dao: Metaphysics In Early Daoist Discourse
By Thomas Michael
State University of New York Press
May 26, 2005
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  • CAS RN103 Religions of the World: Eastern
  • CAS RN211 Chinese Religion
  • CAS RN243 Shamans and Shamanism
  • CAS RN360 Daoist Religion
  • CAS RN363 Zen Buddhism
  • CAS RN364 Buddhist Literature
  • CAS RN453 Topics in Religion and Sexuality

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