Alexander Hsu Assumes Expanded Role with Liu Institute

Author: Liu Institute

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Alexander Hsu has been appointed as assistant teaching professor of global affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, a position that dedicates more of his time to the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies in addition to duties with the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

Hsu will continue to serve as the Liu Institute’s director of undergraduate studies, a role he assumed in  August 2019. Under his guidance, the number of students who have enrolled in the Asian Studies supplementary major and Asian Studies minor has increased significantly. 

Hsu will also continue to teach Asian Studies courses, including Engaging Religions, Introduction to Buddhism, Asian Spiritualities and Global Affairs, and Buddhism through its Media.

In his new position, Hsu will devote more time to Institute programming, including overseeing speaker series, student outreach, and special projects.

Hsu joined Notre Dame in fall 2018 as a post-doctoral researcher in the Keough School, working closely with the Liu Institute and the Ansari Institute. He will continue his research role.

A historian of early Buddhist scripture in China, Hsu earned a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Chicago, where he previously earned a master of divinity and a bachelor of religious studies and biological science.

Liu Institute Director Michel Hockx said of Hsu's new role: “We are delighted that Professor Hsu has joined the regular faculty of the Keough School. He is a highly versatile scholar with an impressively broad knowledge of Asian Studies and a very strong commitment to students. His appointment is crucial to the Liu Institute on its ongoing mission to ensure that Notre Dame undergraduates receive a truly diverse and international education.”

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