East Asian Religions


The East Asian Religions subfield addresses the religions of China, Korea, and Japan through their historical and doctrinal development, their interactions, and in their social, political, and cultural contexts. The subfield addresses Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Daoism, Shinto, new religious movements, and other religious phenomena of the region.

Recent and current dissertation topics include:

  • Peak of Gold: Trace, Place and Religion in Heian Japan
  • Learning as a Way of Living: Lu Xiangshan and the Neo-Confucian Orientation to Learning
  • Toward a New History of Japanese and Korean Buddhist Relations, 1877-1912
  • Kakunyo and the Making of Shinran and Shin Buddhism