I am a current Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA and specialize in Buddhist Studies. Broadly, my research focuses on early modern Japanese Buddhist ritual practice, the transmission of doctrinal knowledge, editorial practices, print culture, and issues of audience, performativity, and learning. Narrowly, my current project explores Kakuban’s (1095–1143) Shari kuyō shiki and its early modern liturgical, pedagogical, and editorial outgrowths at the Shingon temple Chishakuin of Kyoto.

I am also copy-editor at the Journal of Global Buddhism and Indexer (Japanese) for Index Buddhicus, an online scholarly index forthcoming from Brill.

I regularly teach introductory courses on Buddhism at UCLA.


Ph.D. Candidate, Asian Languages and Cultures (UCLA)

Master’s Degree, Asian Studies (University of Oregon)

Bachelor’s Degree, Religious Studies (University of Oregon)

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