Russell Kirkland is a broadly trained scholar of religion and Asian studies.
He earned both his A.B. in Religious Studies and his A.M. in Asian History from Brown University in 1976. He later earned an M.A. in Religious Studies (1982) and his Ph.D. in Chinese language and literature from Indiana University (1986). He has taught Asian and Native American religions, and related subjects, at the University of Rochester, the University of Missouri, Oberlin College, Macalester College, and Stanford University. At UGA, Professor Kirkland’s regular courses cover Confucianism, Taoism, and Japanese Religions; from time to time he also teaches courses on Native American Religions, Buddhism in East Asia, and other topics. He serves on the faculty of the Asian Studies Program, the Medieval Studies Program, the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, and the Native American Studies program (INAS faculty page).