Eric Reinders

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

S213 Callaway Memorial Center

Office: S213 Callaway Memorial Center

Phone: 404-727-6186

Fax: 404-727-7597


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Religion, Emory University

Mailstop: 1535-002-1AA
537 Kilgo Cir., Callaway S214

Atlanta, GA 30322


  • B.A., University of Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • M.Phil., University of Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997


Eric Reinders, Associate Professor. He specializes in Chinese religion, particularly Medieval Buddhism, Buddhist monasticism, and Christian missionary cultures. The primary themes of his work are cultural constructions of the body, destruction studies, and comparative fantasy. His first book is Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies: Christian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion (University of California Press, 2004). His second book is Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia: A History (co-written with Fabio Rambelli of UCSB; Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2012). His current book project is Ritual Topography: Bowing and Refusing to Bow in China, comparing Buddhist and Christian objections to obeisance. An ongoing project is A Guide to Chinese Buddhist Temples, co-written with Michael Walsh of Vassar College. He is also developing a book project on Chinese translations of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies (2004)

cover Buddhism and Iconoclasm

Buddhism and Iconoclasm
in East Asia: A History (2012)