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Jonathan Herman

Associate Professor
Ph. D., Harvard University
Phone: 404-413-6138
e-mail: jherman2(at)
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Herman is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Department of Religious Studies and an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Asian Studies at Georgia State University.

Areas of Interest:

Critical Theory in the Study of Religion, Contemporary Religious Issues, Religion and Education, Comparative Mysticism, Chinese Religion (especially Taoism).

Selected Publications:

Taoism for Dummies, (Hoboken: James Wiley & Sons, 2013)

“The Spiritual Illusion: Constructive Steps Toward Rectification and Redescription,” in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (forthcoming)

“Civil Discourse or Simple Discord? Competing Visions for Religion in the Public Schools,” in Vincent F. Biondo, III and Andrew G. Fiala eds., Civility, Religious Pluralism, and Education. (London: Routledge 2013)

“Who Cares if the Qur’an is the Word of God? W. C. Smith’s Charge to the Aspiring Public Intellectual,” in Aitken and Sharma ed., The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith (forthcoming)

“The Mysterious Mr. Wang: The Search for Martin Buber’s Confucian Ghostwriter,” in Journal of Chinese Religions 37 (2009), 73-91

"Human Heart, Heavenly Heart: Mystical Dimensions of Chu Hsi's Neo-Confucianism," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 69/1 (March 2001) 103-128.

"Daoist Environmentalism in the West: Ursula K. Le Guin's Reception and Transmission of Daoism," in Norman Girardot, Liu Xiaogan, and James Miller, eds., Daoism and Ecology, (Cambridge: Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University Press, 2001), 391-406.

I and Tao: Martin Buber's Encounter With Chuang Tzu, (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996).