Hsiao-Lan Hu is a PhD candidate and an adjunct instructor at the Religion Department of Temple University. She has two degrees of Bachelor of Arts from National Taiwan University, one in philosophy and the other in English.
Hu is a native of Taiwan. Growing up in the midst of the “Three Teachings” of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, she was rigorously trained to read classical religious-philosophical texts and has been intrigued with how religious-philosophical traditions influence one another and affect the ways people live together and treat each other. The East Asian syncretism has further inspired her to engage broadly in inter-traditional, cross-cultural, and trans-disciplinary studies, and her publications and conference presentations reflect the breadth of her training. Besides doing research and presenting conference papers on feminist Buddhist social ethics, the functions of Sangha, and the Buddhist approaches to texts and traditions, she has also authored a chapter on folk religions in late-imperial China in Considering Evil and Human Wickedness (2004), an introductory book on Taoism (2005), and a chapter on women in East Asian cultures in Religious Roots of Violence Against Women (2007).