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Jim Joseph Chair in Education and Jewish Studies and Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Religious Studies
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsProfessor Kelman's research revolves around the question of how people learn to hold religious commitments. This research emerges at the intersection of sociocultural learning theory and scholarly/critical studies of religion. Most often, this leads to studies of religious learning or learning religion that happen outside of schools and in less formal educational sites: music, ritual, and the myriad social forces that give shape to religious communities: race, class, gender, politics.
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professor of Buddhist Studies
BioProfessor Kieschnick specializes in Chinese Buddhism, with particular emphasis on its cultural history. He is the author of the Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval China and the Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture. He is currently working on a book on Buddhist interpretations of the past in China, and a primer for reading Buddhist texts in Chinese.
John is chair of the Department of Religious Studies and director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford.
Ph.D., Stanford University (1996); B.A., University of California at Berkeley (1986).