Richard Madsen

Director, Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China; Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego

Richard Madsen has been called “one of the modern-day founders of the study of Chinese religion” by noted journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ian Johnson. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, including the landmark village studies “Chen Village under Mao and Deng” and its sequel “Chen Village: Revolution to Globalization.” He is currently working on a book about happiness in China, which he describes as an exploration on “searching for a good life in China in an age of anxiety. Where do they see their lives going? Where do they see China going? It’s aimed at tapping into people’s sense of meaning.”

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“Restless China” (co-editor), Rowman & Littlefield, 2011

“Democracy’s Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan,” University of California Press, 2007

“The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World,” Princeton University Press, 2003


“Catholic Revival during the Reform Era,” The China Quarterly

“Chinese Christianity” in “Chinese Society: Change, Conflict, and Resistance,” (Elizabeth J. Perry and Mark Selden, eds.)

“The Public Sphere, Civil Society, and Moral Community: A Research Agenda for Contemporary China Studies,” Modern China