Dr Alexander Chow

Senior 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 before he joined the University of Edinburgh in September 2013. He is an editor of the journal Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and the Chinese Christianities book series (Notre Dame Press).

Alex has written a number of articles on Christianity in China, and more broadly, in East Asia. He has written two books, Theosis, Sino-Christian Theology and the Second Chinese Enlightenment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; Chinese edition: Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, 2015) and Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018).



Responsibilities & affiliations

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

Book Series Editor, Chinese Christianities (Notre Dame 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:

  • Contextual theology (esp. in East Asia)
  • Christianity in China
  • Chinese philosophy and religion
  • Public theology

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Research activities

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