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Lionel M. JensenLionel M. Jensen

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Concurrent Associate Professor of History
(PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1992)
205 O'Shaughnessy

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).

Selected publications:

  • Editor (with Timothy B. Weston) China's Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007)

  • Editor (with Susan D. Blum), China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom (University of Hawaii Press, 2002)

  • Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization (Duke University Press, 1997), recognized in 1998 as the Best First Book in the History of Religions by the American Academy of Religion

Selected videos: 08/03/2008




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