Susan McCarthy


Contact Information:


Howley Hall 303


Ph.D. - Political Science University of California - Berkeley

Area(s) of Expertise:

China, East Asia, Comparative Politics, politics of ethnicity and religion, civil society, NGOs and faith-based organizations, charity, loyalty and resistance

Selected Publications:

McCarthy, S. (2022) Liberating Party Animals: Cultural Governance and “Life Release” Rituals in China. The China Journal.(88), 55--77.

McCarthy, S. (2019) In Ji Zhe, Gareth Fisher, and André Laliberté (Ed.), Spiritual Technologies and the Politics of Buddhist Charity. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press

McCarthy, S. (2019) In André Laliberté and Stefania Travagnin (Ed.), Bringing Religion Back In: Political Science and the Study of Religion in China. (1), DeGruyter

McCarthy, S. (2017) In Between the Divine and the Leviathan: Faith-based Charity, Religious Overspill and the Governance of Religion in China. China Review .(Vol .17, no. 2), 65-93.

McCarthy, S. (2013) Serving Society, Repurposing the State: Religious Charity and Resistance in China. The China Journal 70,.48-72.

McCarthy, S. (2010) In Timothy Oakes and Donald S. Sutton (Ed.), Economic Development and the Buddhist-Industrial Complex of Xishuangbanna . Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield

McCarthy, S. (2009) Communist Multiculturalism: Ethnic Revival in Southwest China. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press

McCarthy, S. (2005) If Allah Wills It: Integration, Isolation and Muslim Authenticity in Yunnan Province in China. Religion, State, and Society 33,.(2), 121-136.

McCarthy, S. (2004) Gods of Wealth, Temples of Prosperity: Party-State Participation in the Minority Cultural Revival. China: An International Journal.(2), 28-52.

McCarthy, S. (2000) Ethno-Religious Mobilisation and Citizenship Discourse in the People’s Republic of China. Asian Ethnicity.(1), 107-116.

Selected Presentations:

McCarthy, S. CRCS Summer Writing Workshop. Purdue University Center on Religion in Chinese Society, Seattle University - "Loosing Faith: Charity and the (dis)containment of religion in China" August, 2016

McCarthy, S. Political Reform and Social Stability in China. S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore - "In Between the Divine and the Leviathan: Faith-based charity and the governance of religion in China" January, 2016

McCarthy, S. Tenth International Conference on the Social Scientific Study of Religion in China. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong - "Piety, Patriotism and Empowerment in Chinese Muslim Charity " July, 2013

McCarthy, S. Conference on Religion, Resistance, Movements, and Contentious Politics in Greater China. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR - "Serving Society, Repurposing the State: Religious Charity and Resistance in China " October, 2012

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