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Randall Nadeau received his Master’s Degree in Religion from Princeton University (1980) and his Ph.D. in Asian Studies specializing in Chinese Religions from the University of British Columbia (1990), under the direction of Daniel Overmyer.  He has published research on popular religious literature, deity cults, and folk religion in both China and Japan, as well as methodology in the study of religion, especially Buddhism and popular religious movements.  Currently he is conducting research on Confucianism and human rights, attitudes towards gender differentiation and sexual orientation in Chinese religions, and conceptions of human liberation in Asian religious traditions.  Since 1990, Nadeau has been teaching at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he offers courses on Chinese and Japanese religions, the Buddhist tradition, popular religion in comparative perspective, gender and religion, and method and theory in the study of religion.  He has served on the board of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religion, and as chair of the Chinese Religions Group of the American Academy of Religion.  He has also served as president of the Southwest Academy of Religion.  At Trinity University, he has served as chair of the University Curriculum Council, overseeing the inauguration of Trinity’s new Common Curriculum.  Nadeau became chair of Trinity’s Department of Religion in June 2005.