Joseph A. Adler taught East Asian religions (Chinese religions, Japanese religions and Buddhism) at Kenyon from 1987 to 2014. His field of research is Neo-Confucian religious thought in China. He has published five books and over two dozen articles and chapters in edited volumes. 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 2004–2007 and 2010–2013. In 1990 he spent six months in Taiwan on a language and research fellowship, and in 1996–1997 he was Resident Director of the Japan Study Program at Waseda University in Tokyo.

Areas of Expertise

Chinese religions, Neo-Confucianism


1984 — Doctor of Philosophy from University of California, Santa Barbara

1977 — Master of Arts from University of California, Santa Barbara

1970 — Bachelor of Arts from Univ Rochester