Joy K.C. Tong, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
On Faculty since 2016

Office: BL 281
Phone: (630)752-7838


Ph.D., Sociology, National University of Singapore. 
Dissertation titled, "Christian Entrepreneurs in Contemporary China"

M.A., Communication Studies, Nanyang Technological University - Singapore.

M.Div., Singapore Bible College.

B.A., Journalism, National ChengChi University, Taiwan.

About Joy K.C. Tong

Dr. Tong’s research focuses on Christianity in China and Chinese societies, Islam in Southeast Asia, and overseas Chinese. Her research interests include Chinese diaspora, Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement, and Chinese entrepreneurship. Before coming to Wheaton Dr. Tong was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University working at the Center of Religion and Chinese Society.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Sociological Association
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • International Sociological Association

Selected Publications


Tong, Joy K.C. 2012. Overseas Chinese Christian Entrepreneurs in Modern China (Key issues in Modern Sociology) London: Anthem Press.

Journal Articles

Tong, K.C. & Fenggang Yang. (Forthcoming) “Trust at Work: A Study of Faith and Trust of Protestant Entrepreneurs in China”. Religion.

Tong, Joy K.C. and Fenggang Yang. 2014. “The Femininity of Chinese Christianity: A Chinese Charismatic Church and its Female Leadership.” Review of Religion and Chinese Society 1(2): 195-211.

Tong, Joy K.C. and Bryan Turner. 2008. “Women, Piety and Practices: A Study of Women and Religious Practice in Malaysia.” Contemporary Islam 2(1) March.

Book Chapters

Tong, Joy K.C. 2013. “Pentecostalism in Asia,” in Pino Lucà Trombetta (ed.) GlobalizedPentecostalism.

Tong, Joy K.C. 2012. “Christian Ethics and Business Life: An Ethnographic Account of Overseas Chinese Christian Entrepreneurs in China’s Economic Transition,” in Francis Lim (ed.), Christianity in Contemporary China: Socio-Cultural Perspectives, London & New York: Routledge.

Tong, Joy K.C. 2011. “Religious Experience of a Young Congregation,” in Michael Bailey et al, (eds) Mediating Faith, London: Ashgate.

Tong, Joy K.C. 2008. “McDonaldization and the Mega-Church: A Case Study of City Harvest Church in Singapore,” in Pattana Kitiarsa (ed.), Religious Commodifications in Asia: Marketing Gods, London & New York: Routledge.

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