B.A., History, Stanford University
M.A., Far Eastern Studies (China), University of Michigan
Ph.D., History, Modern China (minors modern Japan, Russia), University of Michigan
"I love golf, playing or watching. I love our church, Madison Square CRC, fun reading, John Le Carre's novels, and being supportive of my wife Jan's activities as a pianist and vocal coach in the Calvin Music Department."
After his retirement in the fall of 2012, Dan and Jan moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Dan returned to Calvin in summer 2015 to co-direct a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on "America & China: 150 Years of Aspirations & Encounters."
In June 2009 in Hong Kong, Prof. Bays received a lifetime recognition award from the society for Christian History in China. Also in the spring of 2009, Stanford University Press published a book that he co-edited with E. Widmer titled Cross-Cultural Connections: China's Christian Colleges, 1900-1950.
A book entitled A New History of Christianity in China, the product of many years' work, was published in August 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell. This should be the benchmark account of this subject for many years. See Mark Noll's view of the book. See also Calvin News and The Grand Rapids Press.
Prof. Bays was the director of the Asian Studies Program. He is also on the editorial boards of two journals: The Journal of American-East Asian Relations and the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Every year he evaluates about half a dozen book and article manuscripts for presses and publishers
Prof. Bay's research interests include modern Chinese politics, society, and thought, including Christianity. He is actively involved in promoting these fields of study and mentoring younger scholars.
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A New History of Christianity in China. Oxford and New York: Wiley and Blackwell, 2011.
co-edited with E. Widmer. Cross-Cultural Connections: China's Christian Colleges, 1900-1950. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009.
with Grant Wacker. The Foreign Missionary Enterprise at Home. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2003.
Christianity in China, the 18th Century to the Present. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1996.
Articles and book chapters
"Protestantism as a Chinese Religion Today: The Role of Politics and the State.” In Religion et Politique en Asie: Histoire et Actualite, edited by John Lagerwey, 187-192. Paris: les Indes savants, 2006.
"Christianity in East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan.” with James H. Grayson. In The Cambridge History of Christianity. Vol. 8. World Christianities, 1815-1914, edited by Sheridan Gilley and Brian Stanley, 493-512. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
"A Tradition of State Dominance.” In God and Caesar in China, edited by J. Kindopp and C. Hamrin, 25-39. Washington, D.C.:Brookings, 2004.
"Foreign Missions and Indigenous Protestant Leaders in China, 1920-1955.” In Missions, Nationalism, and the End of Empire, edited by B. Stanley, 144-64. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.
"Chinese Protestant Christianity Today” The China Quarterly 174 (June 2003): 488-504.
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