Macabe works on the formation of the Qing state in the mid-seventeenth century. His dissertation, "The Board of Rites and the Making of Qing China," argues that rites and the Board of Rites constructed the Qing socio-political order by defining the role of the emperor, stratifying the aristocracy and bureaucracy, and centralizing the military. His faculty advisor is Professor Mark Elliott.
Re-envisioning modern spiritual life through their examination of literature, philosophy, and religious testimony, Sean Kelly and his collaborator, Hubert Dreyfus, unearth ancient sources of meaning, and teach us how to rediscover the sacred, shining things that surround us every day. All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age will change the way we understand our culture, our history, our sacred practices, and ourselves. It offers a new--and very old--way to celebrate and be grateful for our existence in the modern world.