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Scot Brackenridge

J. Scot Brackenridge

Director, LIU Global China Center

B.A., Grinnell CollegeM.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison)Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)


Scot joined the LIU Global faculty in 2010 as the associate faculty director for Comparative Religious and Culture Program in Taiwan, Thailand, India and Turkey. He earned his B.A. in 1989 at Grinnell College, majoring in political science with an emphasis on comparative political systems and international relations in Western Europe. For the last 20 years his interests have shifted to Asian studies, leading him to travel, work and study in Taiwan, China, Japan, India and Nepal, among other countries. He received fellowships from the Taiwan Ministry of Education in 1992 and 1996 and U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies graduate fellowships from 2002 to 2005. Scot’s graduate studies in Chinese lasted from 2002 to 2010 and included an M.A. in Chinese Literature in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Chinese Religions in 2010. His dissertation focused on the introduction of Buddhism into China and the dynamic interaction between the practices and doctrines of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism and popular religious traditions.

While pursuing his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Scot worked as a teaching assistant and lecturer in the departments of Religious Studies and East Asian Languages and Literature. He taught and assisted for courses in East Asian and South Asian religions, including Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism and Hinduism. He is currently preparing an article for publication in 2012 in The Journal of Chinese Religions on early Chinese Buddhism.


Chinese Religions


Author, “Guo Xiang,” invited entry published in Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2006)


Recipient, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Graduate Fellowships (2002-05)
Recipient, Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarship (1992-93, 1996-97)

Professional Affiliations:

Association for Asian Studies (since 2006)
American Academy of Religion (since 2006)

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