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Megan RogersMegan Rogers

Dissertation Year Fellow


Areas of Study

China, Religion, Culture, Social Theory, Qualitative Methods


Megan Rogers is a 7th year Ph.D. candidate who researches conceptualizations of religion, religious cultures, and class formation in contemporary China. Her dissertation examines how the professional middle class in China is engaging with religious practices across religious and non-religious identities and asks how they are using these practices to make sense of their success and their place in both their country and global society. Drawing on critiques of standard ways of conceptualizing and measuring religion, this project uses the lens of religious practice to analyze distinctly Chinese ways of practicing religion that transcend established religious lines. She came to Notre Dame with a master’s in Chinese from the Ohio State University and bachelor’s degrees (with honors) in international studies and Chinese from the University of Mississippi.

Megan is spent the 2015-2016 academic year completing her dissertation research at Soochow University in Suzhou, Jiangsu, as a Fulbright student fellow.

Recent Awards

Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2016-17.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDIG) for research on religiosity among the professional middle class in China.

Fulbright Study/Research Grant to fund her dissertation research in China.

MNSEP Boren Fellowship for her dissertation research in China.

Confucius China Program Joint Research PhD Fellowship.


"Religion, Secular Humanism, and Atheism: Multi-Institutional Politics and the USAFA Cadets' Freethinkers Group" (withMary Ellen Konieczny), Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (2017)

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