Anna Sun
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Anna Sun is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton and her B.A from Berkeley. Sun is a scholar of Confucianism in particular and of contemporary Chinese religious life in general. Her research interests include the 19th century production of knowledge about Chinese religions; the development of Global Confucianisms in the 21st century; comparative ritual theory; and theoretical and methodological issues underlying the social scientific study of religion.

Her first book, Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities (Princeton University Press, 2013), received the “Distinguished Book Award” in sociology of religion from the American Sociological Association and the “Best First Book in the History of Religion Award” from the American Academy of Religion. She co-edited the volume Situating Spirituality: Context, Practice, and Power (with Brian Steensland and Jaime Kucinskas), published by Oxford University Press in 2021. She is currently working on The Social Life of Prayer in Contemporary Urban China, a book manuscript addressing conceptual issues in the study of contemporary religious practice based on her ethnographic research in China over the past decade. She has served as Vice President of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions (2017-2020) and two-term Co-Chair of the Chinese Religions Unit of the American Academy of Religion (2015-2021).

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  • Box 90964, 403 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708

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