Retreat Teachers


Hsiao-Lan Hu

Dr. Hsiao-Lan Hu (pronouns ze/hir) is a native of Taiwan and received Ph.D. with distinction from the Religion Department of Temple University. Ze is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy and the first person of color, first immigrant, and first queer/trans/non-binary person to serve as Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the university. Dr. Hu teaches broadly in Buddhism, Asian religions, women and gender issues in world religions, cultural studies of religions, and comparative religious ethics. Growing up multiply minoritized in an environment where Mahāyāna influences are pervasive, and having studied Buddhism academically as well as practiced with Chan, Pure Land, Theravāda, and Vajrayāna teachers, ze publishes in the areas of feminist social ethics, intersectionality issues in Buddhism, and pluralist pedagogy.