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Fenggang Yang

Fenggang Yang

Professor // Sociology

Courtesy Professor // Political Science

Director of Center on Religion and the Global East

Affiliated Faculty // Asian Studies // SLC

Affiliated Faculty // Religious Studies // SIS

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Room: BRN 1170


Phone: (765) 494-5801

Ph.D., Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (1997)



sociology of religion; religious change in China; immigrant religion in the U.S.

Fenggang Yang is Professor of Sociology, the founding Director of the Center on Religion and the Global East at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He is the founding Editor of the Review of Religion and Chinese Society. He has been elected and served as the President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2014-15) and 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. He 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 the co-editor of more than ten books. Among his numerous journal articles, two 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. His media interviews have appeared on the National Public Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Time, Economist, CNN, BBC, etc.