Dr Alexander Chow

Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity


Alexander Chow is an American-born Chinese who was raised in Southern California.  He completed his PhD in theology at the University of Birmingham, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Renmin University of China, where he was doing research in Chinese Christianity and teaching in the School of Liberal Arts.  Alex joined the University of Edinburgh in September 2013 and is an associate editor of Studies in World Christianity, an academic journal published through Edinburgh University Press.

Alex has written a number of articles on Christianity in China, and more broadly, in East Asia.  His first book, Theosis, Sino-Christian Theology and the Second Chinese Enlightenment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; Chinese edition: Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, 2015), explores historical types of indigenous theology in China and constructively uses the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of theosis as a point of dialogue with the Chinese context.



Responsibilities & affiliations

Associate Editor, Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press)

Chair, Chinese Christianities Program Unit (American Academy of Religion)

Undergraduate teaching

  • THET08014 Christian Theology: Approaches and Themes
  • THET08017 Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates
  • THET10058 Theologies in Global Contexts

Postgraduate teaching

  • WRCH11018 Selected Themes in the Study of World Christianity
  • WRCH11019 Christianity in Asia, 1700 to the Present
  • WRCH11020 Theologies of World Christianity

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Alex's research interests mainly revolve around the following:

  • Christianity in China
  • East Asian theologies
  • Contextual theology
  • Chinese philosophy and religion

Affiliated research centres