Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Detroit Mercy
Hsiao-Lan Hu presented "Networking as Equals? Engaged Buddhists' Egalitarian Ideals and Hierarchical Habits" as part of the Parliament of the World's Religions "Grappling with the Global Ethic: Multi-Religious Perspectives on Global Issues Conference". Watch Below!
Dr. Hsiao-Lan Hu taught at Temple University before joining Detroit Mercy in 2008. She teaches broadly in Asian religions and women and gender issues in religions, and quite a few of the courses she designed after joining Detroit Mercy have won awards and grants: "Gender in Asian Traditions" received the Grant for the Advancement of Feminist Studies from the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Detroit Mercy in 2009; "Religions and Global Wellbeing" was awarded the Faculty Summer Stipend for Course Development by the Detroit Mercy Jesuit Associates in 2010; she received the Grant for the Advancement of Feminist Studies again in 2011 for "Gender and Religion"; and she was awarded the Faculty Summer Stipend for Course Development again for her new course "Religions in Sci-Fi Fantasies".
Hu does research in philosophy and social history of early Buddhism, engaged Buddhism, liberation theology, comparative religious social ethics, religions and globalization, religious pluralism, peace studies, poststructuralist feminist theory, religions and sexuality, and identity theories. Her research on Buddhist social ethics under globalization won the Mellon Funds for Humanistic Studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Education at Detroit Mercy in 2009. In 2012 she received the Feminist Scholarship Grants from Women's and Gender Studies Program at Detroit for her research on “Identity and Unhappiness”. Her research on the Buddhist-Feminist social ethics of Bhiksunī Chao-Hwei was awarded both the Feminist Scholarship Grants from Women's and Gender Studies Program at Detroit Mercy and the Short-Term Research Grant on Current Issues in Chinese Buddhism from the Shengyen Educational Foundation in 2014. Her latest research project "Syncretism and Exclusivism: Characteristics of Buddhism and Chinese Religions in Relation to the Racial Integration in DDM Practice Communities in the United States of America" received the Short-Term Research Grant on Shengyen's Thought from the Shengyen Educational Foundation.