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Joseph A. Adler (B.A., University of Rochester; M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara) taught East Asian religions at Kenyon from 1987 to 2014. His field of research is Neo-Confucian religious thought in China. His most recent books are The Yijing: A Guide (2022); The Original Meaning of the Yijing: Commentary on the Scripture of Change, by Zhu Xi (2020); and Reconstructing the Confucian Dao: Zhu Xi's Appropriation of Zhou Dunyi (2014). He is also the author of Chinese Religious Traditions; translator of Introduction to the Study of the Classic of Change, by Zhu Xi; co-author of Sung Dynasty Uses of the I Ching, and contributor to numerous edited volumes, journals, and encyclopedias. In 1992 he founded the Confucian Traditions Group of the American Academy of Religion. He chaired the Department of Religion in 1997-2000 and directed the Asian Studies Program in 2004-07 and 2010-13. In 1990 he spent six months in Taiwan on a language and research fellowship, and in 1996-97 he was Resident Director of the Japan Study Program at Waseda University in Tokyo. In 2008 he became Professor of Asian Studies at Kenyon.


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