Lionel Jensen

Lionel Jensen

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Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Concurrent Associate Professor of History

Office: 266 Decio Faculty Hall
Phone: 574-631-7699

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Areas of Expertise

History of Chinese religion and thought, folklore, early Sino-Western contact, and Chinese nationalism

Jensen is co-author of “China off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom,” a widely acclaimed examination of the nation’s culture through analysis of little-known but significant aspects of Chinese society. He also 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, and “China Beyond the Headlines.” Jensen was named one of the 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the Twentieth Century and included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.


“The (Olympic) games may well be an incentive for the growth of China’s political openness, as well as its economic development.”


Pope in South Korea ‘a singular event’ for Asian Catholics

Chinese government threatened by Christianity

China still corrupt, dealing with fallout on 25th anniversary of Tiananmen

20 years after Tiananmen marks “tragic end of near triumphant struggle”


Professors publish new book on Chinese culture


Reuters — China detains Swedish national who worked on legal aid

The New York Times — ‘One Child’ Culture Is Entrenched in China

Christian Science Monitor — Confusion over Confucius? Zimbabwe’s Mugabe wins Chinese peace prize

International Business Times — Vatican Working Toward Formal Ties With China Despite Rhetorical Disagreements

Christian Science Monitor—In China, a search for modern values at Confucius’ birthplace

New York Times—Pope Francis Says He Would Visit China ‘Tomorrow’

New York Times—For Chinese, Pope Seems Worlds Away in South Korea

The Wall Street Journal—Pope Francis Calls for Peace and Reconciliation With North Korea

Associated Press—Who Stopped China Catholics Going to South Korea?

Associated Press—Papal visit underscores religious divide in Koreas

CNN—The future of Christianity in China: Sino-theology and the pope

The Sunday Times—What would we die for?’ Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs

France 24—Pope visits South Korea

Wall Street Journal—Pope Francis Holds First Public Mass in South Korea

CNN—Pope Francis arrives in South Korea for his first Asia visit

The Korea Herald—Trip signals Vatican’s shifting geographic focus

The Washington Post—Pope Francis heads to South Korea for first visit to Asia

Wall Street Journal—NYU Case Spotlights Risk of China Tie-Ups

Inside Higher Ed—U.S. Answer to Confucius Institutes

Inside Higher Ed—Confucius Says…

Tiananmen frames Chinese political life