Prof. Richard Madsen, distinguished Professor of Sociology the University of California, San Diego
Director of Fudan-University of California Center on Contemporary China and Academic Advisory Committee Member of Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica since 2004.
Previous experiences including Visiting Professor of China Fudan University for Department of Sociology, Visiting Scholar at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, co-director of Ford Foundation funded project in China to develop academic discipline of sociology.
Harvard University Ph. D in Sociology, expert in Cultural Sociology, Political Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Moral Anthropology, Comparative Studies, Chinese Social Studies .
Democracy's Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007), a book from Professor Richard Madsen (co-author) that carry out research on Taiwan four religion organisations i.e. Tzu Chi Foundation, Fo Guang Shan, Dharma Drum Mountain and Hsing Tian Temple which had revolutionized the traditional doctrines and religious practices where they fit in the modernisation process of Taiwan and lead to religious renaissance in the 1980s, provided positive energy to firm Taiwan's democracy.
1972-77 Ph.D. (June 1977), Department of Sociology, Harvard University. Dissertation Title: Revolutionary Asceticism in Communist China: Social Structural Causes and Effects of Commitment to and Deviance from the Maoist Political Ethic
1972 M.A., Regional Studies: East Asia, Harvard University
1970-71 Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
1968-70 Fu Jen University Chinese Language Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan
1968 M.TH., Maryknoll Seminary
1967 B.D., Maryknoll Seminary
1963 A.B., Department of Philosophy, Maryknoll College
1985 - Professor, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
1984-87 Chair, Program in Chinese Studies, University of California,in San Diego, La Jolla, California
1983-85: Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
1978-83: Assistant Professor, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California
1977-78: Lecturer and Head Tutor in Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1976-77: Tutor in Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1973-74: Sophomore Tutor in East Asian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1972-74: Instructor, Chinese Society, Cambridge School for Adult
Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1972: Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1966-68: Organizer and Instructor, adult education courses in Catholic theology, Maryknoll Seminary, New York
1996 Co-director of project on Social Development in China, funded by the Ford Foundation.
1993 -9 Board of Directors: National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
1991-2: Levenson Prize Committee
1990-3: Committee on Scholarly Communication with China
1989-92: China and Inner Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies
1987-1989: Assistant Editor for China: Journal of Asian Studies
1985-Present: Member; Board of Advisers, The History of Christianity in China Project (funded by the Henry Luce Foundation)
1980-Present: Member; Editorial Board, Chinese Sociology and Anthropology
1979-Present: Consultant: Maryknoll Fathers, Mission Research and Planning Department
Summer, 1978: Co-editor, Contemporary China, Vol. 2, No. 2.
1977-1981: Member, Screening Committee for Pre-Doctoral research fellowships on China, SSRC
Summer, 1972: Consultant: National Council of Churches of Christ, on project to articulate ethical issues posed by the Chinese revolution
1967: Field Worker: National Urban League remedial education project
1964-72: Member of Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America (Maryknoll Fathers), in the following positions:
Editor-in-Chief of Channel, official journal of Maryknoll Fathers, 1967-68; Assistant Editor, 1965-67
Editor-in-Chief of One Spirit, English and Chinese language newsletter of Association of Major Religious Superiors, Taiwan, 1969-70
Member of organizing committee for Taiwan pastoral theology conference, 1969, 1970
1962-63: Editor-in-Chief: Dupage (Student Newspaper for Maryknoll College, Glen Ellyn, Illinois)
Sociology of Ideas/Culture Theory
Sociology of Religion