in the field

Ian Johnson has been engaged with China for the past thirty-five years, writing on long-term social issues such as the country's search for faith and values, as well as 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 the best books of the year.

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

In 2020, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded him a Public Scholar grant to write a new book on historical memory in China. Other awards include: the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on China Stanford Unversity's Shorenstein prize for his body of work on Asia; a grant from the Open Society Foundation; a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University; the American Academy of Religion's best in-depth newswriting on religion award for writing on religion; and  a Robert B. Silvers Foundation inaugural grant for work-in-progress. 

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