Portrait de Xun Liu     History Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick    

Academic Training and Work Experience

  Associate Professor, History Department, Rutgers University, Sept, 2009-Present Honorary Professor, Huazhong Normal University, China, Jun, 2013-Present Director, Rutgers University Center for Chinese Studies, Sept, 2014-2017 Research Associate, Groupes Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, 2004-Present Assistant Professor, History Department, Rutgers University, Sept, 2003-Jul, 2009 Ph.D (2001), University of Southern California (Charlotte Furth, John Wills, Gary Seaman)    



  • Quanzhen Daoists in Modern Chinese Culture and Society [co-edited with Vincent Goossaert], China Research Monographs. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, 2014.
  • Daoism in Twentieth Century China: Between Eternity and Modernity [co-edited with David Palmer].Berkeley, CA: GAIA/University of California Press, 2012.
  • Daoist Modern: Innovation, Lay Practice and the Community of Inner Alchemy in Republican Shanghai, Harvard East Asian Monographs, Cambridge, M.A.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2009.

Refereed Articles

  • “Of Poems, Spirit-writing, and Gods: the Daoist World of the Late Qing Poetess Wang Duan”, Late Imperial China, 36.2 (2015):23-82.
  • 诗、书、琴、园:清末南阳全真道主领的精英艺术” [Poetry, Calligraphy, Zither and Gardens:    Quanzhen Daoist Hosting and Patronage of  Literati Arts at the Xuanmiao Monastery in Late Qing and Early Republican Nanyang].  Journal of Quanzhen Daoist Studies 全真道研究, 4(2015):27-58.
  • Physicians, Quanzhen Daoists, and Folk Cult of the Sage of Medicine in Nanyang, 1540s–1950s.” Daoism: Religion, History and Society, 6(2014): 269-333.
  • 清末南陽玄妙觀傳戒考略” [A Study of the Daoist Consecrations at the Xuanmiao Monastery in Late Qing Nanyang]” Zongjiaoxue yanjiu 宗教學研究 [Journal of Religious Studies], 3(2013):7-17.
  • “Proliferating Learning: Quanzhen Daoist Activism and Modern Education Reforms in Nanyang (1880s-1940s).” Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident, 31(2011):53-90.
  • 元代武昌的道教名觀---武當萬壽崇寧宫考略 [A Study of Wudang Palace: An Imperially Patronized Daoist Temple in the Yuan-era Wuchang],” Journal of Quanzhen Daoist Studies, 2(2011):221-243;
  • “In Defense of the City and the Polity: The Xuanmiao Monastery and the Qing Anti-Taiping Campaigns in Mid-Seventeenth Century Nanyang,” T’oung Pao, 95 (2009):287-333; with Chinese version published in 2011/2013.
  • “General Zhang Buries the Bone: Early Qing Reconstruction and Quanzhen Collaboration in Mid-Seventeenth Century Nanyang,” Late Imperial China, 27.2 (Dec 2006):67-98; with Chin. version published in 2008/2013.
  • “Immortals and Patriarchs: The Daoist World of a Manchu Official and His Family in 19th Century China,” Asia Major, 3 series, 17.2 (2004) [Actual publication date: spring, 2006]:161-218; Chin.version in 2013.
  • “Visualized Perfection: Daoist Painting, Court Patronage, Female Piety and Monastic Expansion in Late Qing (1862-1908),” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, (June, 2004 issue):57-115; Chin. v in 2013.
  • “In Search of Immortality: A study of Travel in Early 20th Century Neidan Poems,” Taoist Resources, 7.1, (April, 1997):23-42.

Book chapters

  • “Modern Daoism from Late Qing to Early Republican China” in Vincent Goossaert, John Lagerwey, &Jan Kiely, eds. Modern Chinese Religion II, 1850-2015, Leiden: Brill, 2015, vol.2, pp. 806-837.
  • “Quanzhen Proliferates Learning: The Xuanmiao Temple, Clerical Activism, and Modern Reforms in Nanyang, 1880s-1940s” in Xun Liu and Vincent Goossaert, eds., Quanzhen Daoists in Chinese Society and Culture, 1500-2010. China Research Monograph#70.  Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, 2013.
  • 全真廣學: 清末民初南陽的玄妙觀、道士行動與現代改革 [Quanzhen Daoism Proliferates Learning: The Xuanmiao Monastery, Daoist Activism, and Modern Reforms in Late Qing and Early Republican Nanyang]” in Lai Chitim黎志天, ed. 十九世紀以來中國地方道教的變遷 The Transformation of Local Daoism in China Since the Nineteenth Century]. Hong Kong: Joint Publishing (HK) Co., Ltd., 2013, pp. 383-416.
  • Scientizing the Body for the Nation: Chen Yingning and the Daoist Inner Alchemy and the Reinvention of Daoist Inner Alchemy in 1930s Shanghai” in Xun Liu and David Palmer, eds., Between Eternity and Modernity: Daoist Tradition and Transformation in Twentieth Century China, UC Press, 2011, pp.154-177.
  • 修煉與救國:民初上海道教內丹、城市信眾的修行、印刷文化与團體 “(Self-Cultivation and National Salvation: Daoist Inner Alchemical Practice, Print Culture and Community in Early Republican Shanghai) in  巫仁恕、康豹、林美莉主編《從城市看中國的現代性》臺北:中研  院近史所,2010.
  • 時代とともに:全真道士李宗陽と慈禧、同盟会、および清末民初南陽における近代化改革(一八 年代〜一九三年代)[Progressing with Times: Abbot Li Zongyang, Cixi, the Revolutionary Alliance, and Modern Reforms in Nanyang]” (in Japanese) in Tanaka Fumio and Terry Kleeman, eds. Daoism and Kyosei (Co-Geneativsim) Thought, Tokyo: Daigawa Press, Nov, 2009, pp.299-337.
  • “Numinous Father and Holy Mother: Late Ming Duo Duo-cultivation Practice” in Livia Kohn, ed. Internal Alchemy: Self, Society, and the Quest for Immortality. Boston: Three Pine Press, 2009, pp.122-141.
  • 張將軍瘱埋枯骨﹕清初南陽重建中全真道與清廷之合作” [General Zhang Buries the Bones: Early Qing Reconstruction and Quanzhen Collaboration in Mid-Seventeenth Century Nanyang], Daojia wenhua yanjiu 道家文化研究, Beijing: Sanlian shudian, 2008, pp.330-64.

Book reviews and research notes

  • 南陽玄妙觀《道藏》源流及宛圖閱藏記略”[Notes on the Origin of the Daoist Canon of the Xuanmiao Monastery and A Record of My Study of the Daoist Canon held at Nanyang Municipal Library], Bulletin of the Center for the Studies of Daoist Culture (CUHK), 29 (March 2013), pp.1-5.
  • “Taoists of Peking: 1800-1949, A Social History of the Urban Clerics,” book review, Journal of Asian Studies, 67.2 (May, 2008), pp 687-89.
  • “Profile of a Quanzhen Doctor: Abbot Huang Zongsheng of the Monastery of Eternal Spring in Wuhan,”Journal of Daoist Studies, 1 (Feb, 2009), pp.154-160.

Fellowships and Grants

  • Fulbright Core Senior Scholar-Researcher Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation (CCKF) Research Grant (2011-2013)
  • ACLS American Research in Humanities in China Fellowship, (2010-2011)
  • ACLS-CCKF New Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society conference grants (May 2004; Jun, 2006)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, (2005-6)
  • Rutgers Research Council Grants (8 summer fieldwork grants, 2004-2015)
  • Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique Research Grant, CNRS, Paris, (Aug -Nov 2004)
  • An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard U, (2002-2003)
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