Lionel Jensen

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
166 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Office Hours
T/Th: 3:30pm - 5:00pm, or by appointment
+1 (574) 631-7699

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Lionel Jensen is the author of Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization, recognized in 1998 as the Best First Book in the History of Religions by the American Academy of Religion. He has edited or co-edited five other works, Early China (1997), China Beyond the Headlines (2000), China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom (2002), China’s Transformations: the Stories beyond the Headlines (2007), and China in and beyond the Headlines (2012, Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2013). Although his research is identified with the intellectual history of “Confucianism,” his interests and published work extend from ancient through medieval, modern and even to contemporary topics. He has written on Chinese religion and thought, contemporary economy and politics, human rights, early culture contact, popular cults, mythology and nationalism. In 2010 he received the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1992