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Scott LoweDr. Scott Lowe


Office: 615 Hibbard Hall
Telephone: (715) 836-2993 or 2545

Fall 2015 Schedule:

  • RELS 100-002 Intro to World Religions:
    T Th, 9:30-10:45 am
  • RELS 100-003 Intro to World Religions:
    T Th, 3:30-4:45 pm
  • RELS 323-001, Chinese & Japanese Religions:
    T Th, 12:30-1:45 pm
                                 and by appointment




  • 1989-2004: Philosophy and Religion and Peace Studies, UND. During this time went from assistant to full professor and served for four years as chair.
  • 1988-1989: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Hope College.
  • 1987-1988: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, South Dakota State University.
  • 1987: Ph.D. in the History of Asian Religions, School of Religion, The University of Iowa.
  • 1977-1979: Middle School Science Teacher, Washington-Wilkes Middle School, Washington, Georgia.
  • Teacher Certification, School of Education, The University of Colorado.
  • B.S., School of Natural Resources, The University of Michigan.



  • Speak and read Mandarin Chinese. Read Classical Chinese, French, and Norwegian.



  • Have traveled extensively in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Mexico, Turkey, and Europe.



  • 2003 Østfold Professorship, Spring Semester 2003, American College of Norway, Moss, Norway.
  • 1997 Østfold Professorship, Spring Semester 1997, Østfoldakademiet, Moss, Norway.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: "Views from Nowhere: Utopia in Interdisciplinary Perspective." Northwestern University, June 17-July 26, 1996.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: "Reading the Manchu Summer Palace at Chengde: Art, Ritual, and Rulership in 18th Century China and Inner Asia." University of Michigan, June 27-Julyl 29, 1994.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: "Beyond Texts - Teaching Religion and Material Culture." University of Hawaii, June 13-July 23, 1993.


Selected Recent Presentations:

  • "What's God Got to Do With It? China's Modern Struggle for an Earthly Paradise." Invited lecture given at the Chinese Millennialism Conference, jointly sponsored by Harvard and Boston University, April 28-29, 2002.
  • "Marx, Mao, and China's Modern Struggle for the Millennial Kingdom: Religion Without God?" Faculty Lecture Series, UND, September 24, 2002.
  • Have given over fifty lectures at local churches, museums, schools, and hospitals on topics ranging from Islam in global politics and death and dying in Buddhist traditions to human rights in China and the environmental impact of rapid Asian economic growth.