Elijah J. Patton

Aloha~ And welcome to my website. 

I am a doctoral student in the History department of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The focus of my research is on the modern intellectual and cultural history of China -- specifically Confucianism.

Previously I earned a Master's in Asian Studies at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs where I studied Chinese political history and IR theory. I also worked at the Wilson Center's China Environment Forum as a researcher for two years.

I started my career in the Air Force, where I met Daoism and Confucianism which led to my undergraduate training in linguistics, during and after which I taught debate and public speaking at the college level for a number of years. 

I have lived in Beijing and Taipei where I studied Mandarin, worked as a translator and journalist, and traveled to several cities and national parks. 

Please feel free to contact me at : ejpatton@hawaii.edu

This project is a database of articles I have come across in my studies, indexing more than 2500 total titles and searchable by title, author, date, citation, disciple, and keywords. 

This project started as a way for me to keep track of what I was studying, but I decided to make it public to help guide anyone who is curious and looking for something to read.

My current major focus is creating a lineage of Confucianism throughout Chinese (and non-Chinese) history. The goal is to track the evolution of Confucian thought and ask how it might impact the modern world that we inhabit.

I will continue this project during my doctoral studies and my dissertation.

Here are some photos from my travels for you to enjoy~