Professor of Asian Studies;
Chair of the Asian Studies Department
At Berea College since 2002
Draper Building, 102C
Mon/Wed: 10 a.m. – noon
Or by appointment.
- AST/HIS 123 (Mon/Wed: 8 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.)
- AST/REL 135 (Mon/Wed: 12:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
- GSTR 410-G (Tue/Thu: 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.)
- B.A. Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1994
- M.T.S. Religions of the World, Harvard University, 1997
- Ph.D. Cultural and Historical Study of Religions, Graduate Theological Union, 2000
- “My Students and Asia: Then and Now.” Education About Asia 23/3 (Winter 2018): 16-20.
- “‘Honor the Power Within’: Daoist Wizards, Popular Culture, and Contemporary Japan’s Spiritual Crisis.” In Ken Koltun-Fromm and Assaf Gamzou, eds., Comics and Sacred Texts: Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2018), 172-192.
- “Confucius.” In Tim Wright, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).
- Daoism in Japan: Chinese Traditions and Their Influence on Japanese Religious Culture (editor and contributor) (London and New York: Routledge, 2015).
- “Society and Culture: Confucianism in East Asia Today.” In Anne Prescott, ed., East Asia in the World: An Introduction (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), 174-184.
- The Sage Returns: Confucian Revival in Contemporary China (co-editor [with Kenneth J. Hammond] and contributor) (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2015).
- “Jackie Chan as Confucian Critic: Contemporary Popular Confucianism in China.” In John M. Thompson, ed., Sacred Matters, Stately Concerns: Essays on Faith and Politics in Asia (New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2014), 169-180.
- “Confucius.” In Kerry Brown, ed., Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2014), 1:44-58.
- Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism’s History in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam (Ann Arbor, MI: Association for Asian Studies, 2013).
- The Patheos Guide to Confucianism (Denver, CO: Patheos Press, 2012).
- “New Views of Early Japanese Religions.” Religious Studies Review 37/2 (2011): 93-96.
- “I, Robot: Self as Machine in the Liezi.” In Jeffrey Dippmann and Ronnie Littlejohn, eds., Riding the Wind with Liezi: New Scholarship on the Daoist Classic (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2011), 193-208.
- Teaching Confucianism (editor and contributor) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).
- “Master and Disciple in the Analects.” In David Jones, ed., Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects (Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 2008), 243-251.
- “Lost and Found Theories of Law in Early China.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 49/3 (2006): 329-343.
- “A Confucian Pluralist Ethic? Some Clues from the Analects.” International Review of Chinese Religion and Philosophy 6 (March 2001): 39-48.
- “Enduring Myths and Emerging Trends in the Study of Early Chinese Philosophy and Religion.” Asian Studies Newsletter 46/1 (February 2001): 13.
- “Ascetics and Aesthetics in the Analects.” Numen 47 (May 2000): 161-174.