Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye

Ph.D., Harvard University, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Biography

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye grew up in Costa Mesa, California and attended university at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her forthcoming book (China and the True Jesus: Miraculous Community in Modern China, Oxford University Press, January 2019) examines the history of the True Jesus Church, a native Chinese Pentecostal church, in the context of China's tumultuous twentieth century. She is currently working on the history of women who played a role as lecturers in Confucian popular morality societies in Republican China, as well as on studying flows of charismatic discourse within global Mormonism. Dr Inouye is an Associate Editor of the Mormon Studies Review and the creator of the research network website www.globalmormonstudies.org. Dr Inouye has taught Chinese history and Asian history at California State University Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University, and American religious history at the University of Hong Kong.

Research | Current

  • Modern Chinese history
  • History of Christianity in China
  • Religion in China
  • American religious history
  • Mormon studies

Research interests: twentieth century Chinese history; history of grassroots associations in 19th and 20th century China; China and non-elite globalisation; Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity in China; Chinese spiritual civilization; Chinese culture and moral ideology; transnational religious communities and modernity; global Mormon studies

Teaching | Current

HISTORY 213 Mao Zedong, Revolution and China

HISTORY 222 Late Imperial China

HISTORY 313 Mao Zedong, Revolution and China

HISTORY 322 Late Imperial China

Trailer for HISTORY 213/313: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHVPwR5ke34

Trailer for HISTORY 222/322: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qanCyY0z0UQ

Postgraduate supervision

modern Chinese history

Chinese religion

women and Chinese history

world Christianity

global Mormon studies

history of women and religion

Distinctions/Honours

Recipient of Early Career Teaching Excellence Awards for the University of Auckland and the University of Auckland Faculty of Arts (2017)

2014-present: Associate Editor, Mormon Studies Review

Responsibilities

Arts Fellows Programme (Chinese history)

Faculty of Arts Faculty Staffing Committee 

Areas of expertise

Modern Chinese history, history of Christianity in China, religion in China, American religious history, Mormon studies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Inouye, M. (2017). Charismatic crossings: The transnational, transdenominational friendship of Bernt Berntsen and Wei Enbo. In F. Yang, J. Tong, A. Anderson (Eds.) Global Chinese pentecostal and charismatic christianity (pp. 91-117). Leiden: Brill.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41141
  • Inouye, M. (2017). Charismatic moderns: Pluralistic discourse within Chinese protestant communities, 1905–1926. Twentieth-Century China, 42 (1), 26-51. 10.1353/tcc.2017.0006
  • Inouye, M. (2016). A religious rhetoric of competing modernities: Christian print culture in late Qing China. In G. Song (Ed.) Reshaping the boundaries : the Christian intersection of China and the West in the modern era (pp. 106-122). Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34810
  • Inouye, M. W. (2016). Culture and agency in Mormon women’s lives. In K. Holbrook, M. Bowman (Eds.) Women and mormonism: Historical and contemporary perspectives (pp. 230-246). Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34807
  • Inouye, M. W. (2015). Miraculous Modernity: Charismatic Traditions and Trajectories within Chinese Protestant Christianity. In J. Lagerwey, V. Goossaert, J. Kiely (Eds.) Modern Chinese Religion II 1850 - 2015 (pp. 884-919). Boston and Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. 10.1163/9789004304642_023
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27768
  • Inouye, M. W. (2014). The Oak and the Banyan: the ‘Glocalization’ of Mormon Studies. Mormon Studies Review, 1, 70-79. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24324

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Office hours

On Leave in Semester One, 2018. 

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 434
18 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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