Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye

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


Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye grew up in Costa Mesa, California and attended university at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also completed her Ph.D. at Harvard, writing a dissertation on the history of the True Jesus Church, a Chinese pentecostal church, and the history of charismatic Christian modes in China in the twentieth century. 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. She is currently developing her dissertation into a book manuscript that examines the tension between charisma and institutions in twentieth century Chinese history. She, her husband, and her four children live in Henderson Valley.

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

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Postgraduate supervision

modern Chinese history; Chinese religion; global Christianity


2014 Associate Editor, Mormon Studies Review


Asian Studies Student Mentors

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. W. (2017). Charismatic moderns: pluralistic discourse in Chinese christian communities, 1905-1926. Twentieth-Century China, 42 (1), 26-51. 10.1353/tcc.2017.0006
  • Inouye, M. W. (2017). Charismatic Crossings: The Transnational, Transdenominational Friendship of Bernt Berntsen and Wei Enbo. In F. Yang, K. C. Tong, A. Anderson (Eds.) Global Chinese Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity (pp. 91-117). Leiden: Brill.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Inouye, M. W. (2014). The Oak and the Banyan: the ‘Glocalization’ of Mormon Studies. Mormon Studies Review, 1, 70-79. Related URL.


Contact details

Office hours

11-12 AM, Thursdays and Fridays, Arts 2, Room 434

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