Joshua Capitanio

Public Services Librarian, East Asia Library

As a bibliographer at the East Asia Library, I am responsible for buying all Western-language books in the areas of East Asian and Southeast Asian studies.  Additionally, as a Public Services Librarian, I manage the East Asia Library's outreach activities, such as exhibits and other events.


  • Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Chinese, University of California Los Angeles

Professional activities 

American Academy of Religion
Association for Asian Studies
International Association of Buddhist Studies
Society for the Study of Chinese Religions

Selected Publications 

"Buddhist Tales of Lü Dongbin." T'oung Pao 102, no. 4-5 (2016): 448-502.

"Portrayals of Chan Buddhism in the Literature of Internal Alchemy." Journal of Chinese Religions 43, no. 2 (2015): 1-42.

"Health, Illness, and the Body in Buddhist and Daoist Self-Cultivation." In Brahman and Dao: Comparative Studies of Indian and Chinese Philosophy and Religion, ed. Ithamar Theodor and Yao Zhihua, 181-194.  Lanham: Lexington Books (2013). 

"Religious Ritual."  In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions, ed. Randall Nadeau, 309-334.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell  (2012).  

"Esoteric Buddhist Elements in Daoist Ritual Manuals of the Song, Yuan, and Ming." In Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia, ed. Charles D. Orzech et al., 529-535. Leiden: Brill (2010).