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Dr. Stuart Chandler

Stuart Chandler (chandler@iup.edu) obtained his Ph.D. in comparative religion from Harvard University in the spring of 2000 and joined IUP’s faculty that fall. His area of concentration is the religions of China and Japan, especially Buddhism. Dr. Chandler’s book Establishing a Pure Land on Earth: The Foguang Buddhist Perspectives on Modernization and Globalization was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2004. He has written numerous articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries.

In addition to studying Chinese Buddhism, Dr. Chandler conducts research on the evolving religious landscape of Pennsylvania. His exhibit, “Eastern Religions Come to Western Pennsylvania,” was shown at IUP (2005), Thiel College (2006), and the Bryn Athyn Museum (2007 and 2008). This exhibit focused on the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Sikh traditions as they are being practiced in the Pittsburgh region.

Dr. Chandler’s current project is the translation of the memoirs of a woman by the name of Oishi Junkyo, who was a geisha, artist, and Buddhist nun in early 20th-century Japan.

Courses regularly taught by Dr. Chandler include Buddhist Thought and Practice, Topics in the Study of Buddhism, Eastern Philosophy, and Religions of China and Japan. He also teaches elementary, intermediate, and advancedl levels of Chinese Language.

Dr. Chandler serves as the director of IUP’s Asian Studies major and the university’s Critical Languages Program.

    Office Hours

    Dr. Chandler is available by appointment only; please e-mail him to set up a time. Appointments may be made for the following time slots: 

    Mondays  1:00–2:00 p.m.
    Tuesdays  1:00-2:00 p.m.
    Wednesdays  12:00–3:00 p.m.

    Contact Information

    • Religious Studies Department
    • Sutton Hall, Room 452
      1011 South Drive
      Indiana, PA 15705
    • Phone: 724-357-1360
    • Fax: 724-357-4039
    • Office Hours
    • Monday through Friday
    • 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.