Charles B. Jones was born in North Carolina in 1957, but grew up in a military family that moved frequently both within the U.S. and abroad. He graduated from Morehead State University (Kentucky) in 1980 with a degree in music, and went on to earn the Master of Theological Studies cum laude from the Divinity School of Duke University in 1988 and the Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Virginia in 1996.
Since joining the faculty of the STRS in the fall of that year, he has pursued research in the history of Chinese Buddhism and the Christian practice of interreligious dialogue. He has also taught courses for Virginia Theological Seminary and the Smithsonian Associates, and recorded a set of lectures on theories in religious studies for The Teaching Company. He has consulted with the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan during the 2004-05 academic year.
Areas of Expertise
Chinese Pure Land Buddhism in the late imperial period
Jesuit-Chinese interactions in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties
late Ming dynasty gentry religion
“The Wheelwright and the Butcher: Master Zhuang’s Recipe for Mindful Living,” in Education About Asia, forthcoming.
“Modernization and Traditionalism in Buddhist Almsgiving: The Case of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu-chi Association in Taiwan,” in Journal of Global Buddhism, vol. 10 (2009), p. 291 – 319.
TRS 290 World Religions
TRS 383 Issues in Religious Studies
TRS 390 Taoism & Confucianism
TRS 391 Introduction to Buddhism
TRS 495 Capstone Seminar in Theology and Religious Studies
TRS 699 Proseminar for New Master's Students
TRS 782B Interreligious Dialogue
TRS 791 Mahayana Buddhism
TRS 799 Proseminar for New Doctoral Students
TRS 880A Advanced Topics in Religious Studies