Zhange Ni

Zhange Ni, Asst. Prof, Department of Religion and Culture.


Zhange Ni

Associate Professor


205 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Religion and Culture


  • Religion and literature
  • Critical theory and cultural criticism
  • Secularism and religion-making in East Asia
  • Transnational youth culture
  • Women and gender studies 

Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Modern Language Association


  • Ph. D. Religion and Literature, University of Chicago Divinity School

Research Interests

    Selected Publications


    The Pagan Writes Back: When World Religion Meets World Literature (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015).


    “Reading in the Postsecular World,” in Susan M. Felch, ed., Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), 51–67.

    “Strange Paradise: Wrestling with the Golem and Double Idolatry in Cynthia Ozick’s Puttermesser Papers,” Literature and Theology 29 no.1 (2015): 66–85.

    “Making Religion, Making the New Woman: Reading Su Xuelin’s Autobiographical Novel Jixin (Thorny Heart),” in Ping Yao, Jinghua Jia, and Xiaofei Kang, eds., Gendering Chinese Religions (New York: SUNY Press, 2014), 71–99.

    “Japan’s Orient and Animal Theology in Shūsaku Endō’s Deep River,” The Journal of American Academy of Religion 81, no. 3 (2013): 669–697.

    Sponsored Research

    The Child & the Sovereign: Religion, Violence, and Transnational Youth Culture (book project sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences summer stipend, 2015, 2016)