Shu-chin Wu, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Agnes Scott College, a selective liberal arts college in metropolitan Atlanta, USA. She received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 with a concentration in Modern Chinese Intellectual History. Shu-chin is the founding director of Asian Studies at Agnes Scott College and served as a board member of ASIANetwork, a consortium or more than 170 North American colleges striving to strengthen the role of Asian Studies in undergraduate liberal arts education. As one of the very few historians who incorporates contemplative methods in teaching and research, she has developed a unique pedagogical approach that combines critical thinking and contemplative studies. This approach will be implemented focally in an upcoming course entitled Contemplative Japan, a course that will also integrate elements of radical happiness taught by Phackchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon.
A recipient of numerous grants for historical and contemplative research, Shu-chin has travelled widely in the US and various parts of Asia. One of the grants she received was the Contemplative Seminar Fellowship at Naropa University where she met her husband Alan Pope. Shu-chin’s current research focuses on how historical events and experiences in contemporary China and Tibet are conceived within cultural “texts” such as literature and film, with special attention to the historical significance of the Tibetan “New Wave” cinema.
She is a member of the editorial boards for two journals: Journal of Emerging Knowledge on Emerging Markets and China Currents. She also serves as an advisor for the Institute of China’s Humanities and Social Science at Kookmin University, Korea.