Stuart Chandler obtained his PhD 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. 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, 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.
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 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 advanced levels of Chinese Language.
Chandler serves as the director of IUP’s Asian Studies program and the university’s Critical Languages Program.
Chandler's office hours are by appointment only. To set up an appointment, please call 724-357-2280 or visit him in his office in 505E Humanities and Social Sciences Building.
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