Affiliate Research Fellows


Andrew Abel

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Hastings College, Nebraska

Specialization: sociology of religion

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Nanlai Cao

Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong

Specialization: anthropology of contemporary China, religion, Christian charity and transnational merchant communities

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Hsing-Kuang Chao

Associate Professor and Chair, Graduate Institute of Religious Studies, Tunghai University, Taiwan

Specialization: sociology of religion, religion and culture


André Laliberté

Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

Specialization: relations between state and religion in Chinese societies, Buddhist philanthropy

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David A. Palmer

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, the University of Hong Kong

Specialization: religion in China, globalization of Daoism, Baha’i Faith

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Anna Sun

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Kenyon College, Ohio

Specialization: sociology of religion, sociology of knowledge

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Kooi Chin Joy Tong

Assistant Professor, Intercultural Studies, Indiana Wesleyan University.

Specialization: Christianity in China and Chinese societies, Islam in Southeast Asia, business ethics, overseas Chinese, media

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Carsten T. Vala

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland

Specialization: Christianity in China

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Wang Yuting

Yuting Wang

Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies, American University of Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates 

Specialization: religion and immigrants, Muslims

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Jiexia Zhai Autry

Affiliated Research Faculty, Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, George Mason University

Global Fellow at the Center on Faith and International Affairs, Institute for Global Engagement

Specialization: religion, family, China and East Asia, immigration, health

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Xuefeng Zhang

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Westmont College, California

Specialization: race and ethnicity, immigration, socialtTheory, social research methods, sociology of religion