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Albert Wu

Associate Research Fellow


Ph.D., Dept. of History, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Areas of Research

Global History, History of Religion, Medical History

  1. "German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Globalization of Christianity, 1860-1950" (PhD diss., University of California, Berkeley, 2013).
  1. From Christ to Confucius: German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Globalization of Christianity, 1860-1950 (Yale University Press, 2016).
Journal Articles
  1. "The Secularization of the Chaplaincy: A History of the Columbia University Chaplaincy, 1908-1968," History of Universities 21.1 (Winter 2006): 178-210.
  2. "'Unashamed of the Gospel': Johann Hinrich Wichern and the Battle for the Soul of Prussian Prisons," Church History 78.2 (June 2009): 283-308.
  3. "Catholic and Protestant Individuals in Nineteenth-Century German Missionary Periodicals," in a forum on "The Form and Function of Nineteenth-Century Missionary Periodicals," Church History 82.2 (June 2013): 394-398.
  4. "Catholic Universities as Missionary Spaces: Wilhelm Schmidt, Chen Yuan, and the Catholic University in Beijing," Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften 24.2 (June 2013): 92-112. [special issue on "Missionsräume," edited by Christine Egger and Martina Gugglberger]
  5. "Ernst Faber and the Consequences of Failure: A Study of a Nineteenth Century German Missionary in China," Central European History 47.1 (March 2014): 1-29.
  6. "Forever a Patriot: Chinese Christians and the Repudiation of American Liberal Protestantism," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 85.1 (February 2017): 112-135.
  7. "The Quest for an 'Indigenous Church': German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Indigenization Debates of the 1920s," American Historical Review 122.1 (February 2017): 85-114.
  8. "In the Shadow of Empire: Josef Schmidlin and Protestant-Catholic Ecumenism before the Second World War," Journal of Global History 13.2 (July 2018): 165-187. [contribution to a special issue on "The Theory and Practice of Ecumenism: Christian Global Governance and the Search for World Order, 1900-1980," edited by Elisabeth Engel, James Kennedy, and Justin Reynolds]
  9. "Superstition and Statecraft in Late Qing China: Towards a Global History," Past and Present 255.1 (May 2022): 279-316.
Book Chapters
  1. "Converting Individuals, Saving the State: Narratives of Conversion in Nineteenth-Century German Missionary Periodicals," in Felicity Jensz and Hanna Acke, eds., Missions and Media: The Politics of Missionary Periodicals in the Long Nineteenth Century (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2013), pp. 79-96.
  2. "On Chinese Rites and Rights," in Sarah Shortall and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, eds., Christianity and Human Rights Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 207-222.
  3. "The Doctor as Patient: The Case of Elisabeth Kehrer and German Medical Missionaries in China," in Joanne Miyang Cho, ed., Sino-German Encounters and Entanglements: Transnational Politics and Culture, 1890-1950 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), pp. 189-208.
  4. "Cities and Fears of Biological Warfare during the Early Cold War," in Tze-ki Hon, ed., Cold War Cities: The Politics of Space in Europe and Asia during the 1950s (New York: Routledge, August 2021), pp. 111-125.
  5. “Jin Luxian, Chinese Catholicism, and Horizontal Networks of Decolonization,” in Elizabeth Foster and Udi Greenberg, eds., Decolonization and the Remaking of Christianity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023), pp. 67-86.
  6. “World War I, the Paris Peace Conference, and Conflicts over Global Health Governance,” in Albert Wu and Stephen Sawyer, ed., The Making of a World Order: Global Historical Perspectives on the Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles (New York: Routledge, 2023), pp. 218-235.
Book Editor
  1. Albert Wu, Stephen Sawyer, The Making of a World Order: Global Historical Perspectives on the Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles (New York: Routledge, 2023).
Conference Papers
  1. “Jin Luxian, Chinese Catholicism, and Horizontal Networks of Decolonization.” Invited paper for the “Christianity and Decolonization” Conference and Workshop, Dartmouth College, October 8, 2021. (Online)
  2. “Transnational Medical Missions in an age of decolonization.” Invited paper for the Excellence in Research projects at VID Specialized University, “Connected Histories – Contested Values. World Lutheranism and Decolonization: Processes of Transloyalties, 1919-1970,” Stavanger, Norway, October 19-21, 2021. (Online)
  3. “The ‘Volkskirche’, Indigenization and Decolonization in China: Towards a Conceptual History.” Invited paper for the conference “Volk, Volk Gottes, Volkskirche: Zur ekklesiologischen Verwendung des Volksbegriffs vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart” at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, April 7-8, 2022. (Online)
  4. “Anti-Superstition in the Age of Empire: A Global History of Liang Qichao's Program Against Superstition,” paper for the “Historicizing Secular Studies Across the Disciplines” Conference, Harvard Divinity School, 2022.12.9. (Online)
  5. “Where does China fit into the Historikerstreit 2.0?” paper for the international conference “Erinnerungskultur auf dem Prüfstand – interdisziplinäre Perspektiven angesichts des ‘Historikerstreits 2.0'”, Institut für Evang. Theologie der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, 2022.12.15. (Online)
  6. “‘Superstitious beyond all expression': Superstition, China, and the Age of Empire, 1860-1900,” paper for the international conference “Uncanny Beliefs: Superstition and Modern China,” IHP, Academia Sinica, 2023.1.13-14.
  7. “Recent Trends in the History of Christianity in China,” paper for the international conference “New Directions in Historical and Cultural Studies in Asia: Celebrating the 30th anniversary of cooperation between EFEO and Academia Sinica,” IHP, Academia Sinica, 2023.5.18-19.
  8. “‘Why Are There So Many Quacks in Germany?’: The Quackery Question in Germany and its Global History, 1880-1914,” paper for the “Lecture by Peter Galison and Symposium on the History of Science and Medicine,” IHP, Academia Sinica, 2023.6.30.
  9. 〈宗教與社會關懷:論史語所和戰後宗教史研究〉,「挑戰與新生—慶祝九十五周年學術研討會」,中央研究院歷史語言研究所,2023.10.17。
  10. “'The Peach-Tree is Dreaded by Ghosts’: Trees, Spirits, and Environmental Change in an Age of Empire”,「病魅:東亞視域下的醫療與鬼邪國際研討會」,中央研究院歷史語言研究所,2023.10.27。
  11. 〈台灣的宗教地景:以雙北地區為例〉,本院近史所主辦,「東亞文化交流視域中的城市書寫」學術研討會,中央研究院近代史研究所,2023.12.12。
Other Writings
  1. "Church and State," review of Liao Yiwu, God is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China, in the Los Angeles Review of Books (8 March 2012).
  2. "Marilynne Robinson and the Miraculous Privilege of Existence," review of Marilynne Robinson, When I Was a Child I Read Books, in the Los Angeles Review of Books (22 May 2012). [co-written with Michelle Kuo]
  3. "In Hell, 'We Shall Be Free': On Breaking Bad and Paradise Lost," review of the television series Breaking Bad, in the Los Angeles Review of Books (13 July 2012). [co-written with Michelle Kuo]
  4. "Imperfect Strollers: Teju Cole, Ben Lerner, W. G. Sebald, and the Alienated Cosmopolitan," review essay of Teju Cole, Open City, Ben Lerner, Leaving the Atocha Station, and W. G. Sebald, The Rings of Saturn, in the Los Angeles Review of Books (2 February 2013). [co-written with Michelle Kuo]
  5. "Scientology: The Mystery Sandwich," review essay of Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief and Hugh Urban, The Church of Scientology: The History of a New Religion (12 May 2013). [co-written with Michelle Kuo]
  6. "Animal Feelings," review essay of Barbara J. King, How Animals Grieve, in Public Books (9 September 2013). [co-written with Michelle Kuo]
  7. "Secularists for Christmas! Can France Make Room for Islam?" Commonweal Magazine (21 February 2014).
  8. "'Take the Good Life and Be Happy': On The Americans," co-written with Michelle Kuo for the Los Angeles Review of Books (24 April 2014).
  9. "The Black Iron Cage: Taiwanese Protesters in an Age of Global Unrest," Los Angeles Review of Books (3 June 2014).
  10. "Browsers Welcome: France vs. Amazon," Commonweal Magazine (30 October 2014).
  11. "I Dare Not: The Muted Style of Writer in Exile Ha Jin," review essay of Ha Jin, A Map of Betrayal, in Los Angeles Review of Books (11 January 2015). [co-written with Michelle Kuo]
  12. "Those Who Leave," review essay of Elena Ferrante, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, in The Point Magazine (31 March 2015). [co-written with Michelle Kuo]
  13. "Letter from Paris," co-written with Michelle Kuo for the Los Angeles Review of Books (21 November 2015).
  14. "An Exceptional Tradition? The Jesuits in the World," review essay of three books on Jesuits and Globalization for The Immanent Frame (2 November 2016).
  15. "Inner Mission" and "Wichern, Johann Hinrich," two entries in Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, eds., Timothy Wengert, Mark Granquist, Mary Jane Haemig, Robert Kolb, Mark C. Mattes, and Jonathan Strom (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2017).
  16. "Insecurity and Authority in the Sinosphere," Tocqueville 21 (19 January 2018).
  17. "Cobra Kai, the Twilight of American Empire, and the Allure of Paramilitary Violence," co-written with Michelle Kuo for the Los Angeles Review of Books (8 June 2021).
  18. “Listening to the Voices of Ghosts: Guided Reading to Monica Black's A Demon-Haunted Land,” in Monica Black, A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post-WWII Germany, Zhang Xinfang, trans. (Taipei: Acropolis, 2023.3.2), pp. i-xiii. (in Chinese)
Book Reviews
  1. "Review of America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity, by Robert Wuthnow," in Religious Studies Review 36.1 (March 2010): 96.
  2. "Review of The Civic Life of American Religion, ed. by Paul Lichterman and C. Brady Potts," in Religious Studies Review 36.3 (September 2010): 240.
  3. "Review of The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in Nineteenth-Century America, by Steven K. Green," in Religious Studies Review 37.1 (March 2011): 74-75.
  4. "Review of Seeing Things Their Way: Intellectual History and the Return of Religion, edited by Alister Chapman, John Coffey, and Brad S. Gregory," in Religious Studies Review 7.3 (September 2011): 223-224.
  5. "Review of Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan: Empire for God, by Emily Anderson," in Journal of World History 27.1 (March 2016): 178-181.
  6. "Review of Germany and China: Transnational Encounters Since the Eighteenth Century, edited by Joanne Miyang Cho and David Crowe," in The Asian Review of World Histories 4.2 (July 2016): 275-277.
  7. "Review of The Bible and Asia: From the Pre-Christian Era to the Postcolonial Age, by R. S. Sugirtharajah," in Itinerario 41.2 (August 2017): 406-408.
  8. "Review of 'Das Fremde im eigenen Lande,' Zur Historiographie des Christentums in China von Liang Qichao (1873–1929) bis Zhang Kaiyuan (geb. 1926) by Dirk Kuhlmann," in H-Soz-Kult (09 November 2017).
  9. "Introduction of  David Hollinger, Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America (Princeton University Press, 2017)," in H-Diplo Roundtable Review 19.32 (4 May 2018).
  10. "Review of Mark Edward Ruff, The Battle for the Catholic Past in Germany, 1945-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)," in H-Diplo Roundtable Review 19.42 (2 July 2018).
  11. "Review of Die Hildesheimer Blindenmission in Hongkong: Blinde und sehbehinderte Kinder in Werk und Wahrenhmung einer Frauenmission, ca. 1890-1997 by Bernhard Ortmann," in Social History of Medicine 31.3 (August 2018): 660-661.
  12. "Review of 1919 – The Year that Changed China: A New History of the New Culture Movement by Elisabeth Forster," for H-Soz-Kult (4 October 2018).
  13. "Review of China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church, by Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye," in The Journal of Asian Studies 79.1 (February 2020): 170-171.
  14. "Review of Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and 'Revolution,' 1891-1956, by Piotr Kosicki," in H-Diplo Roundtable 21.38 (27 April 2020).
  15. "Review of Christianizing South China: Mission, Development, and Identity in Modern Chaoshan, edited by Joseph Tse-Hei Lee," in The China Review 21.4 (November 2021): 302-305.

2013, Ph.D., Dept. of History, University of California, Berkeley, USA
2008, M.A., Dept. of History, University of California, Berkeley, USA
2005, B.A., Dept. of History, Columbia University, New York, USA

Current Position:
2021.10- , Associate Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

Previous Positions:
2022,1- , Chief Coordinator, Custom, Religion, and Daily Life Research Center, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
2020.5-2021.9, Associate Professor, Dept. of History, American University of Paris
Fall 2017-2020, Chair of the Department of History, American University of Paris
2016-2017, Postdoctoral Researcher, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
2013.9-2020.5, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, American University of Paris
2023.3- , English editor, New History 

2016-2017, Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers (Institutional affiliations: Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut [Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Conrad], Freie Universität Berlin; Ostasiatisches Seminar [Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Mühlhahn], Freie Universität Berlin.)

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