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Z. George Hong, Ph.D.

Dr. Hong is professor in the Graduate School of George Hong, CROReligion and Religious Education. His research focuses on the digital study of religions, Chinese religions and society, economic history, and Modern China. Dr. Hong has published several books and many research articles and book chapters in the fields of the spatial study of Chinese religious sites, Chinese house churches, and modern China. His recent book, The Price of China’s Economic Development: Power, Capital, and the Poverty of Rights, has been published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2015. As a PI and co-PI, he has received more than $12 million in grants in support of his interdisciplinary research projects. Recently, as a PI, he received $700,000 in grants from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the digital study of Chinese religions and society.

Dr. Hong has developed and taught various courses, including Digital Study of Religions, Religion in Asia, History of Christian Spirituality, History of Economic Thought, History and Culture of East Asia, History of US-China Relations, World History, Modern Asia, Modern China, and Comparative Urbanization.

Currently, Dr. Hong is serving as the Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fordham University. He also has served as the Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professional Development at Purdue University Northwest, Co-Director of the Center on Religions and Chinese Society at Purdue University, and Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research and Faculty Development at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Education

M.A. in History, University of Maryland at College Park
Ph.D. in History, University of Maryland at College Park

Research

Digital and Spatial Study of Religions; Chinese religions and society; Modern China; Economic History

Selected Publications

Z. Hong, The Price of China’s Economic Development: Power, Capital, and the Poverty of Rights. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

Z. Hong and J. Jin, “The Digital and Spatial Study of Catholic Market in Urban China,” in Urbanization and Party Survival in China: People vs. Power, edited by X. Li and X. Tian. (New York: Lexington Books, 2017), pp. 119-131.

Z. Hong and J. Jin, “Spatial Study of Mosques: Xinjiang and Ningxia as Case Studies,” Review of Religion and Chinese Society, 3 (2016):223-260.

Z. Hong, L. Cao, & J. Yan. "The Protestant Church Shortage and Religious Market in China: Spatial and Statistical Perspectives," in Ethnic China: Identity, Assimilation, and Resistance, edited by X. Li and P. Shan. (New York: Lexington Books, 2015), pp. 139-150.

Z. Hong, “The Protestant House Church and its Poverty of Rights in China,” Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion 2 (Summer 2011): 160-171.

Z. Hong, “The Poverty of Social Rights and Dilemmas of Urban Poverty in China,” Journal of Contemporary China, 14 (45) (2005): 721-39.

Andrew Nathan, Z. Hong and Steven Smith, eds. Dilemmas of Reform in Jiang Zemin’s China (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999).