Dr. Richard Madsen (赵文词) is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and adjunct professor of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the director UC-Fudan Center for Contemporary Chinese Studies and Acting Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College at UCSD, and was a co-director of the Ford Foundation project to revive sociology as an academic discipline in China. He received his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University. He has published extensively on sociology, religion, and “moral anthropology”, with a particular focus on China. He has written or co-written a number of books on religious renaissance, political development, and civil society in China.