The Catholic University of America

Charles B. Jones, Ph.D.   
– Associate Professor of Religion and Culture



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.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6882
Fax: 202-319-5704

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

Latest Publications

“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



Course Descriptions


Curriculum Vitae