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Richard Madsen

University of California, San Diego

Richard Madsen is a distinguished professor of sociology, an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy, and the director of the U.C.-Fudan Center for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently working on a book about happiness in China. He is a participant in the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues Research Group on Culture and the Common Good.

  • Latest single-authored book is Democracy’s Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan (University of California Press, 2007).
  • Author or co-author of seven books on China, including Morality and Power in a Chinese Village (University of California Press, 1984), for which he received the C. Wright Mills Award; China's Catholics: Tragedy and Hope in an Emerging Civil Society (University of California Press, 1998); and China and the American Dream (University of California Press, 1994).
  • Co-author (with Robert Bellah et al.) of the The Good Society and Habits of the Heart (Knopf, 1991), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was jury nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.