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Kendall Marchman

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Assistant Professor

Kendall Marchman is an Assistant Professor of Religion, and has been with the Religion Department since 2018. His primary research considers the development of Pure Land Buddhist practice and belief in China during the Tang Dynasty. Additionally, he has researched and published on religious tourism in Asia. He teaches a wide range of classes surveying the religions of Asia. 

Dr. Marchman is serving as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Society and Culture at the University of Alberta during the Fall 2023 semester.


  • B.A. Mercer University
  • M.T.S. Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. University of Florida
Research Interests:
  • Chinese Religions
  • Japanese Religions
  • Pure Land Land Buddhism
  • Religion and Tourism
  • Theories of Religion
Selected Publications:
  • “Perceiving Authenticity: Online Tourism Reviews of Buddhist Tourist Destinations,” in Buddhism under Capitalism (2022).
  • "A Little Bird Told Me: The Magical Birds of the Pure Land," Journal of Chinese Religions 49.1 (2021).
  • "Considering Tourism and Religion in Asian Cities," in Tourism in Asian Cities (2020)
  • "Seeking the Pure Land (in the Classroom)," in Buddhisms in Asia (2019)

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