Yang Shen joined the MPI-MMG as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Religious Diversity. She is a cultural anthropologist working on secularism and ritual theories, focusing on late socialist China. She graduated from Boston University in Anthropology in October 2019 and joined the Institute in November. She has won grants and fellowships from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, among others. She also received an Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award and Humanities Paper Prize from Boston University. Yang organized conference panels at the American Academy of Religions Annual Meeting, Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Meeting, and the Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies. Her publications include „Rethinking Traditions: Reading the Classics as Ritual“. Journal of Chinese Humanities 1 (2015) and, in Chinese, „Religion and Society in a Perspective of an Anthropology of Cultivation: Synopsis of the Second Workshop of Anthropology of Religion“. Studies of World Religions vol6. (2016). 186-192.