Dr Alexander Chow (FHEA)

Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity


Alexander Chow is a Chinese American, born and 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 co-director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity, co-editor of the journal Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press), and editor of the Liu Institute Series in Chinese Christianities (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

Co-director, Centre for the Study of World Christianity

Co-editor, Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press)

Book Series Editor, Liu Institute Series in Chinese Christianities (Notre Dame Press)

Founding 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?


Current PhD students supervised

  • Agana-Nsiire Agana, ‘A Digital Theological Investigation of Identity among Ghanaian Youth’

  • G. Ray Burbank, ‘The Cross-Cultural Transmission of Evangelical Theologies of Conversion in Nineteenth-Century India’

  • Rathiulung Elias, ‘Jisu Krista and Social Imagination among Rongmei Nagas in Manipur, Northeast India’

  • Elilo Ezung, ‘The Holy Spirit among the Nagas: Contouring Pneumatology in Context’

  • Rene Guo, ‘Family Matters: Familial Theology in Pre-1949 China, 1552–1949’

  • Nuam Hatzaw, ‘A Zomi Women’s Critique of Asian Feminist Theology: Towards a Theology for Zomi Women in Chin State, Myanmar’

  • Chao Ma, ‘Charismatic Chinese American Christianity in the Los Angeles Basin’

  • Jin (Jane) Meng, ‘The Rebirth of Christian Mysticism in Chinese Theology: A Study on the Spirituality of Jia Yuming’

  • Robert Alec Simpson, ‘Gifts from the World: Bringing Dumitru Staniloae in Conversation with Prominent Themes in Majority World Theologies’

  • Dingjian (James) Xie, ‘Jingjiao Theology: translation, doctrine and religious practice in Tang China (618-907)’

  • Biao Zhu, ‘Ecclesiological Movements in Chinese Protestantism’

Past PhD students supervised

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
  • Digital theology

Affiliated research centres

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