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Richard D. McBride II, Associate Professor of Asian and Near Eastern Languages, comes to BYU after ten years in the History Department at Brigham Young University–Hawaii. After earning a B.A. in Asian Studies and Korean at BYU (1993), Rick earned a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA (2001), specializing in Korean and Chinese Buddhism and early Korean history. He was a Fulbright Senior Researcher in Korea in 2007–2008, and he is presently associate editor of the International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture, published by the Academy of Buddhist Studies, Dongguk University. He is the author, translator, and/or editor of five monographs on early and medieval Korean Buddhism and history and numerous articles on medieval East Asian Buddhism and early Korean history. The father of two sons, Rick’s beloved wife Younghee Yeon McBride recently passed away from cancer in February 2018.
Research InterestsProf. McBride has broad research interests. He is interested in and has published broadly on Korean Buddhist literature, particularly Buddhist spells and incantations (dharani and mantra). He is also interested Buddhist narrative literature, such as is found in the Samguk yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms, ca. 1285); traditional historiography, such as the Samguk sagi (compiled in 1146); as well as strange tales and ghost stories, which have long been popular genres for East Asians. Prof. McBride is also a scholar of the history and society of the early Korean state of Silla (ca. 300-935), particularly the hwarang (flower boys) organization.
Teaching InterestsKOREA 340: Korean Literature to 1900
KOREA 345: Korean Culture
KOREA 441: Classical Korean
KOREA 443: Korean Literature since 1900
HIST 337: Pre-modern Korean History
HIST 349: History of Asian Religions and Thought
- Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Cultures , Buddhist Studies, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (2001)
- Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies with Korea emphasis , Brigham Young University (1993)
- Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Chan Buddhism (2019 - Present)
- Editor, Associate Editor, International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture (Dongguk University, Academy of Buddhist Studies) (2016 - Present)
- Editorial Review Board Member, Studies on East Asian Religions (Series), Brill (2014 - Present)
- Editorial Review Board Member, Seoul Journal of Korean Studies (2014 - Present)
- Other, American Academy of Religion (2013 - 2018)