Gregory Scott


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Personal profile


I was born in Brampton, Canada and did my early Undergraduate and Masters-level education at York University and the University of Toronto. I was very fortunate to have received scholarships to study abroad, first at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, and later at Nanjing University. I completed my PhD in Chinese Buddhism at Columbia University in 2013, and was selected as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. I later completed a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the Asian Studies department at the University of Edinburgh before coming to the University of Manchester in September 2017 as Lecturer in Chinese Culture and History. In the past I have been a visiting scholar or workshop participant at Academia Sinica in Taipei and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In 2021 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Council Member (2017-), British Association for Chinese Studies
  • Executive Council Member, H-Net Social Sciences and Humanities Network, 2017

  • Co-editor and China Book Reviews Editor, H-Buddhism Network, 2014-2017
  • Member, UK Association for Buddhist Studies, 2017-

  • Member, American Academy of Religion

  • Co-chair, Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China Seminar of the AAR (2014-2018)

  • Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen

  • Co-founder and member emeritus, Asian Religions Research Network, University of Edinburgh

Office hours

Samuel Alexander Building S3.35

Research interests

My main interest is in the history and culture of China between 1800 and 1978. My published research mainly focuses on Buddhism in China during this period, but I would be open to supervising postgraduate projects on any topic within the cultural history of modern China. This could include religion, print culture, modern technologies and institutions, translations and translators, and so on.


Units Taught and Co-Taught


  • CHIN 10050 Introduction to Chinese Studies
  • CHIN 28572 Introduction to Classical Chinese
  • CHIN 30311/2 Religious and Political Ideologies of Modern China
  • CHIN 35221 Publishing and Print Media in Modern China
  • CHIN 51091 Chinese 9 - Translation Module
  • JAPA 13222 Empire and Culture in East Asia


  • CHIN 10050 Introduction to Chinese Studies
  • CHIN 35221 The History of Print Culture in Modern China
  • CHIN 28572 Introduction to Classical Chinese
  • JAPA 13222 Empire and Culture in East Asia

Administrative Responsibilties:

  • Residence Abroad Tutor and Visiting Students' Officer, Chinese Studies, January 2018 - August 2019
  • Undergraduate Programme Director for Chinese Studies, January 2019 -

Further information

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester China Institute


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