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Richard Madsen

Richard Madsen

Richard Madsen is a highly respected scholar and public intellectual who first joined the UC San Diego community in 1978. A Distinguished Professor of sociology, serving now as the director of the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, he is credited with being a modern-day founder of the study of Chinese religion and with helping to revive the academic discipline of sociology in China. At UC San Diego, he has served as chair of the Department of Sociology, interim provost for Eleanor Roosevelt College, and as part of the steering committee to establish what is now the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). Madsen has authored 13 books on Chinese culture, United States society, U.S.-China relations and international relations; his 1995 book “Habits of the Heart” won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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