Anna Sun

Anna Sun

Visiting Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and East Asian Religions
WSRP Research Associate 2018–19
Anna Sun, 2018-19 WSRP Research Associate

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Kenyon College

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Women in Prayer: Gendered Religious Life in Contemporary Urban China


Anna Sun is Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian studies at Kenyon College, and Chair of the Department of Sociology. She is currently Vice President of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religion (SSCR), and the Co-Chair of the Chinese Religions Unit of the American Academy of Religion.

Her book Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013) has received two book awards: the Distinguished Book Award of the Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association and the Best First Book in the History of Religion Award of the American Academy of Religion.


Turning Ghosts into Ancestors in Contemporary Urban China,” Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spring/Summer 2019 (Vol. 47, Nos. 1&2).
Understanding contemporary religious life in China requires a religious imagination freed from the preconceptions of monotheism.

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