Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, writing for the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker


IAN JOHNSON is a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He works out of Beijing, where he also teaches undergraduate classes.


Johnson has spent nearly twenty years in the Greater China region, first as a student in Beijing from 1984 to 1985, and then in Taipei from 1986 to 1988. He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China, from 1994 to 1996 with Baltimore’s The Sun, and from 1997 to 2001 with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered macro economics, China’s WTO accession and social issues


In 2009, Johnson returned to China, where he writes features and essays for The New York TimesThe New York Review of Books, as well as other publications, such as The New Yorker and National Geographic. He teaches undergraduates at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, where he also runs a fellowship program. In addition, he formally advises a variety of academic journals and think tanks on China, such as the Journal of Asian Studiesthe Berlin-based think tank Merics, and New York University’s Center for Religion and Media.


He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won in 2001 for his coverage of China. He also won two awards from the Overseas Press Club, and an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2017, he won Stanford University’s Shorenstein Journalism Award for his body of work covering Asia.


In 2006-07 he spent a year as a Nieman fellow at Harvard, and later received research and writing grants from the Open Society Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Alicia Patterson Foundation.


Johnson has published three books and contributed chapters to three others. His newest book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Maodescribes China’s religious revival and its implications for politics and society.


Learn more on his official website.