in the field

Ian Johnson has lived most of his adult life in China, writing on long-term social issues, such as the country's search for faith and values, as well as intensely political challenges, including efforts to control dissent and history.

His most recent book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao was named by The Economist and Christian Science Monitor as one of their best books of the year. For 2020-2021, he is a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar, which is includes a grant he is using to write a new book on historical memory in China.

He is a regular contributor of articles and commentary to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books and speaks in the media or to public audiences about China. He also teaches undergraduate courses on Chinese society.

Among several prizes and fellowships, he has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on China, Stanford Unversity's Shorenstein prize for his body of work on Asia, a grant from the Open Society Foundation, and a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. In 2019 he won the American Academy of Religion's "best in-depth newswriting on religion" award for writing on religion, and in 2020 was a Robert B. Silvers Foundation inaugural grantee for work-in-progress. 

He has also written about Islam in Europe, including a book on the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and still speaks regularly on the topic. 

Please feel free to explore this site to learn more about his projects, books, articles, biography, as well as media and public speaking appearances.