Lan T. Chu
Associate Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies
Chu's research and teaching interests focus on the political role of religious institutions, the political liberalization processes of former and existing communist countries, faith diplomacy, and inter-religious dialogue.
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- Phone: (323) 259-2780
Education: B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., George Washington University
Her work has been published in Politics and Religion, Democratization, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, CPD Perspectives on Faith Diplomacy, East European Politics and Societies, and BBC News. She also has a chapter on Vietnamese Church-State relations in Local Organizations and Urban Governance in East and Southeast Asia (Routledge Press, 2009). Currently, she is working on a book manuscript that examines the Vatican's influence on foreign policy. The book specifically examines the Catholic Church's interpretation and application of just war theory in the case of Iraq and more generally, on its non-violent role in the resurgence of religion. She also is working on projects focusing on the use of faith diplomacy in Vietnam and China and new approaches to inter-religious dialogue between Catholic and Muslim communities. She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, was a recipient of a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California.