Lucas Charmichael
Adjunct Faculty
Religious Studies

HUMN 284

TH 10:00 - 12:00 and by appointment

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Popular Culture, Cross-cultural transmission, East-West encounters, Asian religions in America, Daoism, translation theory, hermeneutics, religion and literature.


  • Asian religions in the U.S. and American religious history
  • Religion and Literature
  • Literary theory and criticism
  • Chinese religious traditions
  • Religion and popular culture


  • RLST 2400 Religion and Contemporary Society
  • RLST 2620 Religions of East Asia
  • RLST 3050 Religion and Literature in America

Lucas Carmichael received his PhD in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He also holds an MA from the University of Chicago and a BA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University. His primary expertise is in the American reception and interpretation of Asian religions, most specifically Daoism through English translations of the Daode jing (Tao Te Ching). His extended interests and expertise include religious diversity and pluralism in America, transnational religious circulation, hermeneutics, and world literature. Since 2012, he has been an adjunct professor at CU Boulder, and teaches courses in religion and society, East-Asian religions, and religion and literature.


“Daoism in North America: State of the Field.” Religion Compass. Wiley Online Library.

“Forming Judgements and Contributing to Debates in Religion and Contemporary Society.” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Special issue: Theorizing with Undergraduates (Brill).

“He who Knows One Language, Knows None: On the Inevitabilities of Comparison and Translation.” In Method Today: Beyond Description and Hermeneutics in Religious Studies Scholarship, edited by Brad Stoddard. Sheffield, UK: Equinox.


 “Locating Daoism in China and Abroad.” AAR/SBL/ASOR Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Regional Meeting, CU Boulder, March 2017.

“Gia-Fu Feng: Translations of the Daode jing and Transnational Daoism.” Comparative Studies in Religion Section, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2016.

“Historical and Scriptural Approaches to the Daode jing.” Chinese Religions Group, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2015.

“The Daode jing as American Scripture.” Society for the Study of Chinese Religions Roundtable, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2014.

“Gia-fu Feng and the Popularization of Daoism in America.” Daoist Studies Group, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2013.