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Department ofHistory

Paul Mariani, S.J.

Paul Mariani, S.J.
Edmund Campion, S.J. Professor

My ongoing research focuses on religious policy and conflict in the People’s Republic of China. More specifically, I focus on Christian resistance in post-1949 China. My recent work, Church Militant: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist Shanghai explores church/state conflict in a time of mounting tension between the newly victorious Chinese Communist Party and Shanghai’s well-organized Catholic community. This work investigates the impact early party campaigns had on one particular social sector, and questions the received wisdom as to whether the 1950s were such a “golden age” for China after all. In addition, I also teach survey courses in Premodern China, Modern China, and Modern East Asia. I am also developing a course on the History of Christianity in China. 

O'Connor Hall 9

In the News

July 10, 2019

Paul Mariani, S.J. was quoted in Catholic Philly and three other outlets about a rare exhibit of Jesuit artists’ work in China now on display at the Smithsonian.

April 15, 2019

Paul Mariani, S.J. was quoted in National Catholic Register about the history and current state of the relationship between China and the Catholic Church.