Julia McClenon (黎思月) is a graduate student of Chinese religions and philosophy. She was awarded a UCSB Regents Fellowship and Departmental Rowny Fellowship through the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB.
As UCSB’s International Graduate Student Peer Advisor, she facilitates cross-cultural, international, and communication workshops on a wide and changing range of topics. She has been a Teaching Assistant for David White’s Religious Approaches to Death (RS12), and for Dominic Steavu’s Intro to Taoism.
Her research interests include: Chinese religions; Western and Chinese philosophy; folk religiosities of East Asia; time, almanacs, calendars, time-reckoning devices and methods; poetry; cross-cultural communication (particularly between the U.S. and China); cognitive science; sociolinguistics and pragmatics; divination; and first contact.
She is a former U.S. diplomat to China and is currently editorial assistant of the peer-reviewed journal Religion. She is the winner of multiple first-place prizes for spoken word/slam poetry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (East Asia) from the Global College of Long Island University where she was awarded scholarships for academic merit.
She follows scholarship on time/temporality across the humanities and sciences, and is especially interested in cross-disciplinary work and collaboration.