Dr. Jeffrey L. Richey

Francis Alexander McGaw Chair in Religion;
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
At Berea College since 2002

Contact Information

Draper Building, 102C
CPO 1882
Email: richeyj@berea.edu
Phone: 859-985-3186
Fax: 859-985-3906

Read a profile of Dr. Richey by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) or visit his website.

Jeffrey Richey

Fall 2017

Office Hours

Tue/Thu 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Class Schedule

  • AST/REL 132 A (Mon/Wed: 8:00 am – 9:50 am)
  • AST/REL 132 B (Tue/Thur: 8:00 am – 9:50 am)
  • REL 100  (Mon/Wed: 12:40 pm – 2:30 pm)


  • 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

Selected Publications

  • 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.