Lionel M. Jensen
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Geographic focus: China
Thematic interests: Official and unofficial Chinese religion; folklore and popular culture; new media and contemporary urban culture; US-China relations; Chinese nationalism.
Current research: “Fictions and Fractures of Time and Place,” a critical investigation into the mythic qualities of historical “fact” in China; “Webs of Rope,” examining the limits of political freedom in the explosive generation of cyber communities; a manuscript-length exploration of the ecumenical convergence of natural science, native religious traditions, and nationalism in the work of the political reformer, Tan Sitong (1866–1898).