Fenggang Yang is Professor of Sociology and the founding Director of the Center on Religion and the Global East at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as the founding Editor of the Review of Religion and Chinese Society. He was elected and served as the President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2014-15) and as the first President of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2018-2020). His research focuses on the sociology of religion, religious change in China, and immigrant religion in the United States.
Professor Yang is the author of Atlas of Religion in China: Social and Geographical Contexts (2018), Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule (2012), and Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (1999), and he is co-editor of more than ten books. Among his numerous journal articles, two have won distinguished article awards. He has given many invited lectures and keynote presentations at major universities and professional associations in the US, Asia, and Europe, and his media interviews have appeared on National Public Radio, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Time, Economist, CNN, and the BBC, among others.
Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
This program is made possible by the Joan Brown Campbell Department of Religion Endowment.