Research Professor of Chinese Studies

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Academic Background

Diploma of Habilitation for the direction of doctoral theses, University of Paris-VII (Jussieu)

Post-doctoral study of Taoism under professors Max Kaltenmark and Kristofer Schipper, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris-Sorbonne)

PhD, Chinese Literature, Harvard University

BA, English Literature, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

Research Interest

  • Chinese religion
  • Daoism
  • History of local society

Current Research

  • Ongoing editorial work on two volumes - Part I (Song to Yuan; published 2014) and Part II (1850 to the present; due to be published in Nov. 2015) - of a four-volume publication on the history of modern Chinese religion
  • Local Ritual Traditions in Southeast China: ethnographic work in Huizhou (Anhui province), in partnership with WANG Zhenzhong of Fudan University (4 volumes published; 1 to be published in 2016)

Courses Offered

CCSS3411 Cultural History of Modern China
CHES3104 A Critical Cultural History of China: Early China
CHES6001 A Critical Cultural History of China: Early China
CHES6002 Critical Cultural History of China: Modern China
CHES6010 China Seminar I
CHES6020 China Seminar II

Selected Publications

2020 “Basic questions for fieldwork on pre-1949 Chinese society,” in Fieldwork in Modern Chinese History. A Research Guide, eds Thomas David DuBois & Jan Kiely (Routledge), pp.109-24.
2019 “The Emergence of a Temple-Centric Society.” Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theatre and Folklore 205 (2019.9) (Taiwan: Shih Ho-cheng Folk Culture Foundation), 29-102.
2018 Paradigm Shifts in Early and Modern Chinese Religion. Leiden and Boston: Brill.
2015          Modern Chinese Religion II: 1850 - 2015 (2 vols). Leiden and Boston: Brill. Co-edited with Vincent Goossaert and Jan Kiely.
2013 Traditional Society in Huizhou Series. Shanghai: Fudan University Press. Co-edited with Wang Zhenzhong.
2010 China: A Religious State. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
2007 "Evil and its Treatment in Early Taoism," in Probing the Depths of Evil and Good: Multireligious Views and Case Studies (Currents of Encounter33), ed. Jerald D. Gort, Henry Jansen and Hendrik M. Vroom. (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi), 73-86.
2007 "The Old Lord's Scripture for the Chanting of the Commandments," in Purposes, Means and Convictions? in Daoism: A Berlin Symposium, ed. Florian Reiter. (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2007), 29-56.
2006 Introduction to Tonggu xian de chuantong? jingji yu minsu (Traditional Economy and Customs in Tonggu County) [Traditional Hakka Society Series, ed. John Lagerwey, v. 29-30], ed. Liu Jinfeng and Lai Wenfeng. (EFEO, Overseas Chinese Archives of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2006), 1-42.
2005 "Zhengyi Registers," Institute of Chinese Studies Visiting Professor Lecture Series (I), Journal of Chinese Studies Special Issue (Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005), 35-88.
2005 Introduction to Ninghua xian di zongzu, jingji yu minsu (Lineages, the Economy and Customs in Ninghua County) [Traditional Hakka Society Series, ed. par John Lagerwey, v. 23]), ed. Yang Yanjie (EFEO, Overseas Chinese Archives of the Chinese University of Hong Kong), 1-44.
2005 Introduction to Ji'an shi di zongzu, jingji yu wenhua (Lineage, Economy and Culture in Ji'an) [Traditional Hakka Society Series, ed. par John Lagerwey, v. 21]), ed. Liu Jinfeng and Geng Yanpeng (EFEO, Overseas Chinese Archives of The Chinese University of Hong Kong), 1-25.
2005 "Scriptures are the Dregs of the Men of Old: Scripture and Practice in Comparative Perspective," in Scripture, Schools and Forms of Practice in Daoism: A Berlin Symposium, ed. Poul Andersen & Florian Reiter (Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Verlag, 2005), 49-75.
2004 "Les chercheurs d'immortalite : Dieux, ancetres et Immortels dans la Chine antique," La mort et l'immortalite : encyclopedie des savoirs et des croyances, ed. par Frederic Lenoir et Jean-Philippe de Tonnac (Bayard Presses), 137-161.
1998 "Dingguang Gufo: Oral and Written Sources in the Study of a Saint," Cultes des sites, cultes des saints, ed. Franciscus Verellen (CEA 10), 77-129.
1992 "The Pilgrimage to Wudangshan," in Pilgrims and Sacred Sites in China, eds. Susan Naquin et Yü Chun-fang (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), 293-332.
1987 Taoist Ritual in Chinese Society and History. New York: Macmillan.