Matthew S. Erie is an Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies in the Oriental Institute and a fellow at St. Cross College at the University of Oxford. He is a cultural anthropologist and comparativist lawyer by training. He studied law in both the U.S. (University of Pennsylvania J.D.) and China (Tsinghua University LL.M.) and has practiced corporate and real estate law in Beijing and New York City. His dissertation (Cornell, Anthropology Ph.D.) built on this experience practicing law to examine the operation of religious law, specifically Islamic law, in northwest China. His book China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party, and Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016), the first ethnographic account of the contemporary practice of Islamic law by Muslim minorities in China, is based on this work. Most broadly, Professor Erie’s research and teaching assess the intersections of ethics, politics, and law, and he has published in such journals as American Ethnologist, Law and Social Inquiry, Hong Kong Law Journal, and Journal of Legal Education. He is currently working on a second project that follows cross-border corporate lawyers, judges, and investors to examine the potential for Chinese legal knowledge to "travel" beyond China and influence developing economies outside of China, in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East. He has been awarded a research grant from the John Fell Fund (Oxford University Press Research Fund) to start this project. He is a member of the Law & Society Association and the New York Bar, as well as the China Editor for​ SHARIAsource, a project of Islamic Legal Studies Program of Harvard Law School.For more information click here.

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