Weishan Huang is a Sociologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies. She currently serves as the Program Director of the Master Program in Religious Studies. Her work mainly focuses on religious movements, migration and religion, and religion and urban gentrification in New York (Gateway Project, 2003, PEW; Ecology of Learning Project, Lily Foundation 2006-2007) and Shanghai City (Transnational Religious Networks in Shanghai, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation2013-2015; Buddhist Gentrification, GRF 2015-2018). One of her joint research projects was to inquireas tohow culture and economics intertwinedin urban re-structuring before and after the 1990 recession in New York City. She is the co-editor of the book, Ecology of Faith in the New York City(Indiana University Press, 2013).
Her current researchat CRSisfunded byResearch Grants Council of Hong Kong.This proposal is to propose a study of the reconfiguration of two significant state-planned social phenomena, urbanization and religious revival, and its impacts on Mahayana Buddhist communities in contemporary Shanghai.
Research projects since 2014:
- Social Integration with the 5%, Knowledge Transfer Project Fund, 2017-2018.
- Buddhist Gentrification, RGC General Research Fund Grant, 2015-2018.
- Religion and Globalization: Global Networks from the East. Lecture Series, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, 2016-2017.
- Buddhist Gentrification, Director Grant for Research, 2015-2016.
- Taiwanese Capital-Linked Migrants and Transnational Religious Networks in Shanghai, Research Grant, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, 2013-2015.
(2013) Co-ed with Cimino, Richard P, Nadia A Mian. Ecologies of Faith In New York City. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Peer Review Journal articles and Book chapters:
- 2018 “The Place of Socially Engaged Buddhism in China– the Emerging Religious Identity in the Local Community of Urban Shanghai” the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, (25): 531-568.
- 2018. “From Structural Separation to Religious Incorporation - A Case Study of a Transnational Buddhist Group in Shanghai, China” in Asian Migrants and Religious Experience - Transnational Religious Mobility. ed. Bernardo E. Brown & Brenda S.A. Yeoh. (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press), pp. 129-151.
- 2017. “Public Buddhist Philosophy: Civil Engagement and Discursive Space among a Religious Group in Shanghai” in Judging the State: Emerging Publics and the Quest for Justice in Contemporary China.ed. Susanne Brandtstädter and Hans (London: Routledge), pp. 124-138.
- 2016. “WeChat Together about Buddha: The Construction of Sacred Space and Religious Community in Shanghai through Social Media” in Religion and Media in China. ed. Stefania Travagnin (London: Routledge), pp. 110-128.
- 2016. "The Bodhisattva Comes Out of the Closet: City, Surveillance, and Doing Religion"(Republished in Chinese). In Ji Zhe, Daniela Compo, Wang Qiyuan (eds)Ershi shiji Zhongguo fojiao de liangci fuxing (二十世纪中國佛教的兩次復興), (Shanghai: Fudan daxue chubanshe),pp. 213-232.
- 2015. "The Blissful Enterprise: Buddhist Cultural Turns in the Workplace in Contemporary Shanghai". Entreprises Et Histoire81 (4): 73-91.
- 2015. "Sustainable Development and Karma Logistics: The Moral Discourse of Reformed Buddhism and Capital-Linked Business Professionals in Shanghai". In Buddhism in Asian: Revival and Reinvention, ed. Nayanjot Lahiri and Upinder Singh, (Delhi: Manohar), pp. 365-384.
- 2014. "Buddhist Cosmopolitanism and Public Sphere". In Cosmopolitanism, Religion and The Public Sphere, ed. Rovisco, Maria and Sebastian C. H Kim, (London: Routledge), pp. 15-31.
- 2013. "Introduction". In Ecologies of Faith In New York City: The Evolution of Religious Institutions, ed. Richard Cimino, Nadia A Mian, and Weishan Huang, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), pp. 1-14.
- 2013. "Diversity and Competition: Politics and Conflicts in New Immigrant Communities". In Ecologies of Faith In New York City: The Evolution of Religious Institutions, ed. Richard Cimino, Nadia A Mian, and Weishan Huang, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), pp. 105-119.
- 2013. "The Geopolitics of Religious Spatiality and Falun Gong’s Campaign In New York". In Topographies of Faith, ed. Becci, Irene, Marian Burchardt, and José Casanova, (Leiden: Brill), pp. 129-45.
- 2012. "The Bodhisattva Comes Out of the Closet: City, Surveillance, And Doing Religion". Politics and Religion JournalVI (2): 199-216.
- 2011. "Buddhists in Action: Transnational Migration and Religious Cosmopolitanism".Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society, no. (4): 215-39.
- 2010. "Immigration and Gentrification- A Case Study of Cultural Restructuring in Flushing, Queens". Diversities12 (1): 63-90.
- 2008. “The Making of a Promised Land
Religious Responses to Gentrification and Neighborhood Ethnic Diversity” CrossCurrents, 58(3):441-455.