Justin R. Ritzinger. Ph.D.


Ashe 505

Office hours: Thursday 2:00-3:00pm & Fridays 1:00-2:00pm

Justin R. Ritzinger is a scholar of modern and contemporary Buddhism in China and Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. His research focuses on the development and articulation of Buddhist modernism in the Chinese-speaking world and the excavation of the role played by seemingly non-modern ideas and practices in that movement. He is the author of Anarchy in the Pure Land: Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2017) and has published on topics including Buddhist eschatology, engagements with anarchism and evolutionary theory, and the dynamics of Buddhist tourist development in contemporary China. He is currently working on an ethnographic study of a blue-collar lay Buddhist organization in Taiwan. He regularly teaches survey courses on Asian Religions (One Goal, REL 105), Buddhism (REL 281), and Chinese Religions (REL 288), as well as topical courses on Karma (REL 384), Buddhist ethics and social engagements (Activist Bodhisattvas, REL 383), and Asian religious narratives (Living Stories, REL 388).


Course offerings in Fall 2018: 

REL 105 - One Goal: Transforming the Self in Asian Religions

REL 388 - Living Stories: Narrative in Asian Traditions