Dr. Fenggang Yang is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society (CRCS) at Purdue University. He received his BA from Hebei Normal University (Shijiazhuang, China) in 1982, MA from Nankai University (Tianjin, China) in 1987, and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) in 1997.
He has authored and co-edited several books, including Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule (Oxford University Press 2011),Social Scientific Studies of Religion in China: Methodology, Theories, and Findings (with Graeme Lang, Brill 2011), Confucianism and Spiritual Traditions in Modern China and Beyond (with Joseph Tamney, Brill 2011), State, Market, and Religions in Chinese Societies (with Joseph Tamney, Brill 2005), Asian American Religions: The Making and Remaking of Borders and Boundaries (with Tony Carnes, New York University Press 2004), Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities (Penn StateUniversity Press 1999).
His articles have been published in books and in the American Sociological Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Journal of Asian American Studies, Sociological Quarterly, and Asia Policy. He has received two distinguished article awards. His current research focuses on the political economy of religion in China, Christian ethics and market transition in China, faith and trust among business people in China, and Chinese Christian churches in the United States. He has given many invited lectures at major universities in the United States and China, has given invited presentations at major think-tanks, and has been interviewed by the National Public Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and newspapers and newsmagazines in China.
Dr. Z. George Hong is professor of History at Purdue University Calumet, co-director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society, and guest professor at Zhejiang University. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992. Dr. Hong has authored three books, edited and co-edited five books, and published more than 100 refereed articles and book chapters in the fields of modern China, U.S.-China relations, comparative modernization, and economic history. Supported by major federal, state, private and international funding agencies, he has directed and/or co-directed 40 research and teaching projects in advancing interdisciplinary research. Recently, as a PI, he received grants of $700,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of the spatial study of Chinese religions and society.