En-Chieh Chao is currently Associate Professor of Sociology Department at National
Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, holding her Ph.D. from Boston University, USA. As
a cultural anthropologist she investigates the intersections between religion, gender,
race, and modernity. Her book Entangled Pieties: Muslim-Christian Relations and
Gendered Socialities in Java, Indonesia was released from Palgrave Macmillan in
August 2017. More recently, Chao undertakes a project to study Islam with science,
technology and society in the Indo-Malay world. She explores the overlooked multi-
species sciences of halalness-the dynamics of Islamic ritual purity in modern life
involving animal physiology, molecular biology, and oil chemistry-to expose the
social contingencies that gave birth to certain scientific practices and religious
understandings in the late 20th and 21st centuries.

Her peer-reviewed articles (written either in English or Chinese) address issues
including: the cultural history of inter-religious lives in Java; Islamophobia and cyber-
racism in United States; young female hijab designers' social influence in Indonesia;
as well as the scientification of halal knowledge amid Islamic jurisprudence, animal
welfare discourse, and works of laboratory scientists from New Zealand to Malaysia
and Indonesia since the 1980s .