Lionel Jensen received his Ph. D. in Chinese history from the University of California, Berkeley. He is associate professor and chair of East Asian languages and literatures, concurrent associate professor of history, and faculty fellow in the Helen Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has been cited for teaching excellence at two universities, is included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was named one of the 2000 outstanding scholars of the 20th century.
Jensen has written and edited four books, including Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization, which received the American Academy of Religion’s 1998 prize for the Best First Book in the History of Religions; and China Beyond the Headlines (with Timothy B. Weston). His most recent publication (with Susan D. Blum) is China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom.
His first book, Manufacturing Confucianism, was the subject of an essay (“Confucius and the Scholars”) in the April 1999 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. Critics have said that Manufacturing Confucianism is “perhaps the most important work on Confucianism ever published in any language” and has “helped to develop a new field in Chinese studies.” Currently, he has been studying political relations between North Korea and China with an eye to disclosing the latter’s new conception of its global diplomatic role. He has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in China, Taiwan and Japan.