Jie Kang is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Ph.D. researcher at the University of Leipzig. Her research focuses on religious marketing, cultural studies, and the Protestant House Churches in the PRC. She obtained a degree in Business Management from Lanzhou Railway University, China, in 1993, and a graduate degree (Diplom) in economics from the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg (2005). From 2006 to 2009 she worked as the chief representative officer of University of Konstanz in Beijing. Her research interests are religious networks, religion and urbanization, and family and consumption.