Zhang Dewei received two Ph.D.s in Philosophy from Peking University and the University of British Columbia, Canada, respectively, and is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy, Jinan University. He studied at Kyoto University and International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies in Japan, did postdoctoral research at McMaster University and the University of British Columbia in Canada. He also taught at the University of Macau and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.
His main research areas are East Asian Buddhism, Chinese intellectual history (mainly Ming and Qing dynasties), Chinese history (mainly Yuan to Qing dynasties), and Chinese book history. In addition to publishing numerous scholarly papers on Ming and Qing Buddhism, he published Thriving in Crisis: Buddhism and Political Disruption in China, 1522-1620 in 2020 at Columbia University Press.
His publication with WSP is:
Benn, James (trans. Zhang Dewei 張德偉, Li Jianxin 李建欣, He Yongshan 何泳杉, and Chen Zhiyuan 陳志遠; Collated by Zhang Dewei 張德偉 and Ji Yun 紀贇). Zhongguo Fojiao sheshen kao 中國佛教捨身攷 [Burning for the Buddha: Self-Immolation in Chinese Buddhism]. Hualin Foxue Yicong 華林佛學譯叢 [Hualin Translation Series on Buddhist Studies] III. Singapore: World Scholastic Publishers, 2021.