Frederik Vermote, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Fresno, and  Affiliated Research Fellow of the Ricci Institute. He received his BA and MA from KU Leuven and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2013.


Prof. Vermote studies European relations with Ming-Qing China, Jesuit history, and economic and cultural networks between China, Europe, and the Americas of the early modern period. His current focus is on Jesuit financial networks between China and Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His recent publications include London: The Selden Map and the Making of a Global City, 1549-1689, and “The Qing Empire and the Excluded Middle: The Role of the Jesuit Intermediaries during the Treaty of Nerchinsk”, in the text From Chinggisid to Qing: Empire in Asia: A New Global History, Vol. 1 (2016).






Lauren Arnold

An independent scholar with degrees in history and art history from the University of Michigan. She has taught and lectured widely on East-West artistic contact and influences. Her works include Princely Gifts and Papal Treasures : the Franciscan Mission to China and its Influence on the Art of the West, 1250-1350 (San Francisco: Desiderata Press, 1999).

Dr. Arnold has also explored the world of carpets, rugs, and the symbolism found upon them in lectures from London to Armenia. She has posted her work, The Carpet Index, on the photo-sharing site Flickr.

Her latest work is a chapter entitled "Christianity in China: Yuan to Qing Dynasties, 13th-20th centuries" which appears in a new publication, Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour, a beautifully illustrated catalog of an exhibition mounted by the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.






Fr. Robert Carbonneau, C.P.

Executive Director of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau (USCCB) and an Affiliated Research Fellow of the Ricci Institute. Fr. Carbonneau is a Passionist priest and serves as the Archivist for the Passionist China Collection (PCC), an archive of over 100,000 documents, photographs, reports, films, and correspondence.


Fr. Carbonneau received his Ph.D. in American and East Asian History from Georgetown University and has taught U.S., Chinese, Japanese, World and Catholic mission history, and frequently gives classes and lectures on the Catholic Church in China and on the use of missionary archives as untapped sources for research, including a class on Research methods at USF. From 2007 to 2008 he taught in Chongqing, China. An expert on the Passionist China mission to twentieth century Hunan, Fr. Rob continues to hold the position of Passionist historian.




Joseph Tsang 曾永燊

Associate Researcher at the Ricci Institute, an Affiliated Research Fellow and Independent Scholar at the Ricci Institute.  Mr. Tsang’s research includes the inculturation of Catholic doctrine in a Chinese environment, and the history of ritual and custom in traditional Chinese religious practice.


Mr. Tsang presented his studies of traditional Chinese funerary and memorial practices of worship and respect from a Catholic perspective at the Ricci Institute Summer Research Seminar, which included examples found in various Chinese communities and raised questions of terminology and development that are of particular interest to younger generations of Chinese Christians. He is currently studying Chinese doctrinal texts written by European Jesuits during the Ming and Qing periods and analyzing their relationship to traditional local practices.




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