Lionel M. Jensen
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Concurrent Associate Professor of History
(PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1992)
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).
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