Asian studies strengthened
Anthropologist Adam Yuet Chau has joined the Skidmore faculty as Luce Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, a new position made possible by a grant from the Luce Fund for Asian Studies, part of the Henry Luce Foundation.
|Anthropologist Adam Chau visits with a local opera troupe in north-central China.
According to William Fox, chair of the sociology, anthropology, and social work department, “Adam Chau will add expertise not only in Chinese studies, but in anthropological areas such as religion and ritual.”
Chau just finished a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. A specialist in complex sociocultural and political-economic processes in modern China, he focused his dissertation on the cultural politics of the revival of popular religion in mainland China from the 1930s through the Maoist period to the present. A native of Beijing, Chau studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before coming to the United States, where he earned a B.A. from Williams College in 1993.
Skidmore is one of ten colleges and universities to have recently received grants from the Luce Fund to strengthen their Asian studies programs. The four-year grant covers the faculty member’s salary and other program costs. —AW, SR