Paul Crowe

Associate Professor
Global Humanities

Areas of interest

Chinese religions (Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism), religion and ecology, cross-cultural philosophy, multiculturalism policy, migration and religion, and identity.


  • PhD (First class), Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • MA (First class), Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Calgary
  • BA, Religious Studies and Philosophy, University of Calgary


Paul Crowe's primary area of research is Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1279–1368) dynasty traditions of self-cultivation with a focus on Golden Elixir alchemy (Jīndān 金丹). This necessarily entails study of associated Buddhist and Confucian (Rú 儒) textual traditions, as there was continual exchange of ideas between all three domains of praxis. His interest in the classical Chinese world has extended to contemporary Chinese religious institutions in Canada (Buddhist and Daoist), and from there to matters related to migration, religion, and identity. He is also keenly interested in intercultural discussions of ethics, and philosophy more broadly, and the European construction of “philosophy” (zhéxué 哲學) and “religion” (zōngjiào 宗教) in the context of China’s evolving intellectual history.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.