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I am interested in material culture, performance studies, and ethics, with a focus on Japanese and Buddhist literature from the medieval period to the present. My first research area examines transnational (or prenational) Buddhism as a major literary force and as, simultaneously, a set of techniques and concepts for cultivating ‘mind.’ The basic questions I’ve worked on here are: What does it mean to ‘read’ a religious text? And, in what ways might literature be understood to ‘map’ the mind? My second research area looks at transformations in visual culture as related to ideologies of colonization and war. The basic question I’m working on here is: How can art generally, and the museum specifically, be activated as a site of ethical engagement? My articles have appeared in Asian Folklore Studies, Book History, The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, The International Journal of the Sociology of Language, The Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, PMLA, and Word & Image, among other places. I am an Associate Editor at Verge: Studies in Global Asias.
I teach graduate level courses on global Japanese literature, sound studies, visual culture, book history, and global premodern theory. At the undergraduate level I teach courses on world literature, graphic novels, reading practice, and Japanese language and visual culture
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
- East-West Comparative
- Visual Culture
- Literary Buddhism