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    Currently, I am a post-doc research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan, where I assist with editing for the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. I also serve as a network editor for H-Buddhism and an associate editor for the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism. I completed a PhD in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley in 2016 and have spent time at Columbia University, Waseda University, University of Virginia, Taisho University, and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. My research primarily focuses on Japanese esoteric Buddhism, but my interests extend to Buddhist thought and practice in general.


    PhD in Buddhist Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
    Dissertation title: “The Development of Esoteric Buddhist Scholasticism in Early Medieval Japan”

    MA in Asian Religions, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2008
    Thesis title: “Raiyu and Shingi Shingon Sectarian History”

    BA Cum Laude, Wabash College, 2002
    major in Religion with minor in Philosophy and Greek

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