MemberPamela Herron

Pamela Herron’s primary research interests include China and Chinese culture and literature; Confucianism and Daoism; Chinese immigration; environmentalism and sustainability; and ecocriticism. She served three years on the MLA Committee for Contingent Labor in the Profession (2014-2017) and promoted more equitable treatment for non-tenured faculty on her own campus. She has developed and taught courses on “Chinese Culture and Humanities”, “Revolutionary Women of China” (Chinese literature by women of the 20th century), “Young Adult Literature” (with a focus on a multicultural approach, social justice, and sustainability), “Confucianism and Daoism”, and “Daoism and the Environment” which pioneered teaching environmental/nature literature at the University of Texas at El Paso. In recent years she has been exploring the Daodejing, along with other ancient Chinese texts, through a sustainable and ecocritical lens. “Daoism and the Environment” was developed with the Daodejing as a foundation text compared with selections of more contemporary environmental and nature writing. Currently she is working on adapting this “Daoism and the Environment” course to an online teaching format, along with her “Confucianism and Daoism” course. Her first book of nature poetry En L’Air was published in 2013 by Unsolicited Press. She is currently working on two collections of nature poetry, one which features the landscape natural environment of New Mexico, and the second which consists of poems written while traveling and living in China. She frequently presents and lectures on Chinese culture in both China and the United States. Her poetry, flash fiction, and non-fiction have been published in various anthologies and collections. Other recent publications include the chapter “Becoming Confucian in America” in Confucianism Reconsidered: Insights for American and Chinese Education in the Twenty-First Century forthcoming from SUNY Press in 2018. She participated in an ecocriticism conference combining Chinese and North American scholars held by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment hosted by the University of Central Florida. Herron was honored to be selected for the first Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute held at the birthplace of Confucius in Shandong PRC. At home, she is an avid organic gardener and recently acquired a small flock of hens.

MemberAlexander Chow

Alexander Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. He is an American-born Chinese who was raised in Southern California.  He completed his PhD in theology at the University of Birmingham, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Renmin University of China, where he was doing research in Chinese Christianity and teaching in the School of Liberal Arts, before joining the University of Edinburgh in September 2013. He is co-director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. He is co-editor of the journal Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and editor of the Chinese Christianities book series (Notre Dame Press). Alex has written a number of articles on Christianity in China, and more broadly, in East Asia. He has written two books, Theosis, Sino-Christian Theology and the Second Chinese Enlightenment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; Chinese edition: Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, 2015) and Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018).

MemberLawrence A. Whitney

…§“Free Speech, Religious Liberty, and the Academy,” webinar, Convergence on Campus, 26 September 2019.
“Boston Confucianism” with Robert Neville and 宋斌 Bin Song, produced by the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, Washington, D.C. 16 October 2019.
“Protestantization” and “Protestantization and Confucianism,” The Common Thread Podcast, The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, 26 March 2018,…

Brother Lawrence A. Whitney, PhD, LC† has served as University Chaplain at Boston University since 2007 where he also completed the PhD in philosophical and comparative theology in 2019. Professed and a priest in the Lindisfarne Community, he is also a Fellow at the Institute for Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, on the board of directors of Convergence on Campus, and President of the North American Paul Tillich Society.

MemberJohn Wei

Dr. John Wei is Senior Lecturer at Media Design School, New Zealand, where he has been lecturing and supervising students in Art and Design as well as Creative Technologies. Previously he held multiple teaching and research roles at the University of Melbourne, the University of Auckland, and the University of Canterbury. His research examines social practices and cultural productions of gender and sexuality through global media, film, and urban screen cultures. He has published on film and psychoanalysis, cross-cultural online fandom, and transnational digital filmmaking and social media. He is the author of Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities: Kinship, Migration, and Middle Classes (forthcoming, Hong Kong University Press).

MemberGrégoire Espesset


2016. La Fabrique du lisible: La mise en texte des manuscrits de la Chine ancienne et médiévale, edited by J.-P. Drège with C. Moretti. Religious Studies Review, 42 (2): 134–135.

2015. Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity and Chinese Culture, by Y. Tang. Religious Studies Review, 41 (4): 211–212.

2014. The Chenwei Riddle: Time, Stars, and Heroes in the Apocrypha, by L. Di Giacint…

Current research themes: . History and historiography of academic Sinology and Western representations of Chinese culture / Histoire et historiographie de la sinologie académique et des représentations occidentales de la culture chinoise . History, philology and textual criticism of “Weft” (wei 緯) literature / Histoire, philologie et ecdotique des “Livres de trame” . Taoism (also spelt ‘Daoism’) in medieval China: History, historiography, sources / Le taoïsme en Chine médiévale : Histoire, historiographie, sources