Ryan Adams

John Adams (Ryan)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chinese Religions
Office: (269) 387-0346
2001 Moore Hall
Mailing address
Department of Comparative Religion
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5320 USA
Office hours

Tuesday and Thursday 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
Teaching interests
  • Chinese Religions
  • Buddhism
  • Asceticism in Comparative Religions
Research interests
  • Contemporary religion in Taiwan
  • The global phenomenon of the new Chinese religious movement Falun Dafa/Falun Gong

Dr. Adams has two and a half years experience living and conducting research in Taiwan, including time spent there as a Fulbright scholar and a recipient of the Taiwan Ministry of Education's Short Term Research Award. His current research and writing projects include a book on Falun Gong in Taiwan and a book on the comparative practice of Falun Gong around the globe. Dr. Adams is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. He has previously taught World Religions at UCSB as well as having teaching experience in Religion, Law and Society both in the US and around the globe.