Jingke Xiao


Wolfson College



DPhil in Buddhist Studies


Thesis Title:

Secularisation of Buddhism in Contemporary China.



Professor Kate Crosby


Educational Background:

I completed my BA in Religion, Politics and Society at King’s College London in 2021, and my dissertation explored the role of Mahayana Buddhism in contemporary mainland China from a psychological perspective.


I then completed an MSc in Social Anthropology (Religion in the Contemporary World) at LSE in 2022. My master’s dissertation, Disappointed Disciples: How Religious Suffering Leads to Conversion, discussed the changing social structure in the Sora community in India during the colonial period. When I graduated from LSE, I was awarded the Bloch & Parry Prize for best dissertation.


Research Interest:                    

I am interested in the anthropology of Buddhism and folk religion in the socio-political dynamics of historical and contemporary East and South Asia. Please get in touch with me if our research interests come across: jingke.xiao@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.