Richard D. McBride II

Richard D. McBride, II  Assistant Professor 

Office: SSC 185 richard mcbride

Phone: 808-675-3593


  • HIST 201 - World Civilizations To 1500
  • HIST 200 - The Historians Craft
  • HIST 342 - Traditional Asia
  • HIST 390R - History of Asian Religions and Thought:  Buddhism
  • HIST 485 - Junior Tutorial
  • HIST 490 - Historical Research and Writing
  • IDS 317 - Religion and Culture
  • PhD, University of California - Los Angeles, 2001
  • B.A., Asian Studies, Brigham Young University, 1993
  • B.A., Korean Studies, Brigham Young University, 1993
Teaching Experience
  • Assistant Professor, History, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, 2008
  • Fulbright Senior Researcher, Korea, 2007-2008
  • Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Korean Studies and Buddhist Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, 2004-2007
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Pomona College, 2003-2004
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Chinese Religions, University of Iowa, 2002-2003
  • Visiting Faculty, University of California, Irvine, 2001-2002
  • Visiting Faculty, UCLA, 2001
Selected Publications


  • Domesticating the Dharma:  Buddhist Cults and the Hwaŏm Synthesis in Silla Korea.  Honolulu:  University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008.   


  • “Pak Ch’anghwa and the Hwarang segi Manuscripts.”  Journal of Korean Studies 13 (forthcoming fall 2008).
  • “The Mysteries of Body, Speech, and Mind:  The Three Esoterica (sanmi) in Medieval Sinitic Buddhism.”  Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 29, no. 2 (2006 [forthcoming 2008]).
  • “Silla Buddhism and the Hwarang segi Manuscripts.”  Korean Studies 31 (2007):  19-38.
  • “Preserving the Lore of Korean Antiquity:  An Introduction to Native and Local Sources in Iryŏn’s Samguk yusa.”  Acta Koreana (Taegu) 10, no. 2 (July 2007): 1-38.
  • “A Miraculous Tale of Buddhist Practice in Unified Silla.”  In Religions of Korea in Practice, ed. Robert E. Buswell, Jr., 65-75.  Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • “Yi Kyubo’s Lay of the Old Shaman.”  In Religions of Korea in Practice, ed. Robert E. Buswell, Jr., 233-243.  Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • “Is the Samguk yusa Reliable? Case Studies from Chinese and Korean Sources.”  Journal of Korean Studies 11, no. 1 (Fall 2006):  163-189.
  • “What is the Ancient Korean Religion?” Acta Koreana (Taegu) 9, no. 2 (July 2006):  1-30.
  • “A Koreanist’s Musings on the Chinese Yishi Genre.”  Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies (Seoul) 6, no. 1 (April 2006):  31-59.
  • “The Study of Korean Buddhism in North America:  Retrospective and Recent Trends.”  The Review of Korean Studies (Seoul) 9, no. 1 (March 2006):  27-48.
  • “The Hwarang segi Manuscripts:  An In-Progress Colonial Period Fiction.” Korea Journal (Seoul) 45, no. 3 (Autumn 2005):  230-260.
  • “Dhāraṇī and Spells in Medieval Sinitic Buddhism.” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 28, no. 1 (2005):  85-114.
  • “Why did Kungye claim to be the Buddha Maitreya?  The Maitreya Cult and Royal Power in the Silla-Koryŏ Transition.”  Journal of Inner and East Asian Studies (Seoul) 2, no. 1 (2004):  37-62. 
  • “Is there really ‘Esoteric’ Buddhism?”  Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 27, no. 2 (2004):  329-356.
  • “The Vision-Quest Motif in Narrative Literature on the Buddhist Traditions of Silla.”  Korean Studies 27 (2003):  16-47.
  • “Hidden Agendas in the Life Writings of Kim Yusin.”  Acta Koreana (Taegu) 1 (August 1998):  101-142.
Biographical Sketch
  • Richard McBride, his wife Younghee and son David, were enthusiastic about moving to Hawai'i and working with our students here at BYU-Hawai'i. Dr. McBride, who was raised in Los Angeles, enjoys reading, hiking, and visiting historical sites, particularly in East Asia. In 2001, he earned a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA where he became a specialist in Korean and Chinese Buddhism and early Korean history. He is one of very few in the country that can read both ancient Chinese and Korean Buddhist texts. For the academic year 2007-2008, Dr. McBride was a Fulbright senior researcher in Korea, studying early Korean history. He particularly enjoys immersing himself in ancient writings, uncovering a world markedly different from his own, and working with scholars from around the world to decipher the past. In his own words, Dr. McBride has indicated, "I am excited to teach courses on pre-modern world history, traditional East Asian history, and the history of Buddhism because I enjoy helping students understand the events, beliefs, and practices that enable them to appreciate the complexity of human culture of the world in which we live."