BiographyAlex Stewart is an anthropologist of religion and ethnicity, a sinologist, and an accomplished museum professional. His primary research focuses on Islamic revival among China’s Hui Muslim minority, the largest and most assimilated of China’s ten Muslim minority groups. Teaching interests include anthropology of religion, multiculturalism in the United States, Islamic studies, and modern Chinese society. He is very active in San Diego’s Chinese American community and has curated dozens of exhibits on Chinese and Chinese American culture and history.
As an undergraduate anthropology student, Alex first became interested in Chinese language and culture. He minored in Chinese language and literature, eventually studying abroad at Nanjing University and becoming fluent in Mandarin. This gave him the opportunity to conduct research among Daoist monks in Jiangsu Province and the Mosuo people of southwest China, which became the foundation of his senior honors thesis that addressed the relationship between Mosuo mythology and gender roles.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Contemporary Chinese society, Islamic revival, religion and modernity, Chinese minorities, comparative multiculturalisms, religious conversion