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James Mark Shields

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Contact Information:
Home address: 28 S. 5th Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837 
Work address: Vaughan Lit 200, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Email: james.shields@bucknell.edu
Phone: 570-577-1336
Fax: 570-577-1948
Website: www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/jms089

Current Academic and Research Positions:
08/2010–present:             Assistant Professor, Comparative Humanities and Asian Thought 
                                         Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

10/2009–present:             Associate in Research, Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies 
                                         Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Past Academic and Research Positions:
06/2011–07/2011:            Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
                                         International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan

09/2009–12/2009:            Visiting Faculty Fellow, Associated Kyoto Program 

                                         Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

01/2006–07/2010:            Assistant Professor, East Asian Religions 
                                         Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
01/2003–12/2005:            Assistant Professor, Religion and Humanities 

                                         Lakeland College, Tokyo, Japan

10/2000–06/2002:            Monbusho Research Fellow, Japanese Philosophy and Religion
                                         Institute for Japanese Philosophy, Graduate School of Letters
                                         Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Teaching Areas:
Modern Japanese Buddhist thought, Buddhism, Shinto, East Asian religions, Asian and comparative philosophy, sexuality and gender  

Education and Degrees:
09/1997–06/2006:            Ph.D. (Religious Studies: East Asian Buddhism and Philosophy of Religion
                                         Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
09/1994–06/1997:            M.A. (Religious Studies: Comparative Philosophy of Religion
                                         Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
10/1992–07/1993:            M.Phil. (Social and Political Theory
                                         School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
09/1987–06/1991:            B.A. (Joint Honours: Anthropology and Political Science
                                         Faculty of Arts, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

Fellowships, Grants and Awards:
06/2011–07/2011:            Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship ($12,000)
06/2011–07/2011:            Bucknell University, International Research Travel Grant ($3000)
06/2011–07/2011:            Bucknell University, College Core Curriculum Development Grant ($4000)
09/2009–12/2009:            Associated Kyoto Program Visiting Faculty Fellowship ($25,000) 
10/2000–07/2002:            Monbusho (Japanese Ministry of Culture & Education) Research Fellowship ($50,000) 

PUBLICATIONS

Current Projects:
[1] Spring and Asura: Modernism and Progressivism in Japanese Buddhism, 1886–1936, book-length manuscript to be submitted to the University of Hawai‘i Press.
[2] “Carrying Buddha into the Streets: Buddhist Socialist Thought in Modern Japan,” chapter solicited for inclusion in a volume on Modern Japanese Philosophy, edited by Gereon Kopf, Springer Press, 2011.
[3] "Of Bombs and Bodhisattvas: Political Use of the Lotus Sutra n 1930s Japan,” article solicited for inclusion in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Contemporary Buddhism, edited by James Mark Shields and Patrice Ladwig, 2011.
[4] “Seno’o Girō: Life and Thought of a Radical Buddhist,” chapter solicited for inclusion in a volume on Understanding Buddhism through the Lives of Buddhists, edited by Todd Lewis, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2012.
[5] “Building a Buddha Land in the World: Politics and the Lotus Sutra,” chapter solicited for inclusion in a volume entitled, A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy, edited by Steven Emmanuel, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2012.
[6] "After the Fall: Tsuji Zennosuke (1877–1955) and the Creation of Bukkyōshugi kokushi,” article to be revised and resubmitted to the peer-reviewed Journal of Japanese Studies.
[7] “Reflections on Buddhism in US Popular Culture,” chapter to be submitted for inclusion in A Companion Volume to Religion and Popular Culture, edited by Eric Mazur and John Lyden, Routledge Press, 2012.
[8] “Ethics at the Limits of Culture: Reconsidering Tanabe’s Wartime Essays,” chapter to be submitted for inclusion in a volume on the Ethics of the Kyoto School, edited by Gereon Kopf, Lexington Books, 2012.
[9] An Introduction to Buddhism through Film, book-length manuscript to be included in a series on Introduction to Religion through Film, to be published by Fortess Press in 2013.

Books:
[1] Critical Buddhism: Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought. London: Ashgate Press, 2011.
[2] Teaching Buddhism in the West: From the Wheel to the Web. Edited by Victor Sōgen Hori, Richard P. Hayes, and James Mark Shields. London: Routledge Curzon Press, 2003.

Book Chapters:
[1] “‘Land of Kami, Land of the Dead’: Paligenesis and the Aesthetics of Religious Revisionism in Kobayashi Yoshinori’s Neo-Gōmanist Manifesto: On Yasukuni,” in Manga and the Representation of Japanese History, edited by Roman Rosenbaum. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2011.
[2] “Zange and Sorge: Two Models of Concern in Comparative Philosophy of Religion,” in Polyphonic: Thinking about the Divine, edited by Jim Kanaris. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, forthcoming 2011.
[3] “Awakening between Science, Art & Ethics: Variations on Japanese Buddhist Modernism, 1890–1945,” in Rethinking Japanese Modernism, edited by Roy Starrs. Leiden: Global Oriental Press (Brill), forthcoming 2011.
[4] “The Lotus Sutra,” in Milestone Documents of World Religions, edited by David M. Fahey. Dallas: Schlager Group, 2010.
[5] "Sexuality, Exoticism, and Iconoclasm in the Media Age: The Strange Case of the Buddha Bikini,” in God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture, revised 2nd edition, edited by Eric M. Mazur and Kate McCarthy. London: Routledge Press, forthcoming, 2010.

Articles:
[1] “A Blueprint for Buddhist Revolution: The Radical Buddhism of Seno’o Girō (1889–1961) and the Youth League for Revitalizing Buddhism,” currently under review by the Journal of Japanese Religious Studies.
[2] “Smashing the Mirror of Yamato: Sakaguchi Ango, Decadence and a Postmetaphysical Buddhist Critique of Culture,”Japan Review 23 (forthcoming 2011).
[3] “Beyond Belief: Japanese Approaches to the Meaning of Religion.” Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses 39: 2 (2010): 133–49.
[4] "The Pursuit of Tangible Happiness: Religion and Politics in a Japanese New, New Religion.” Culture and Politics [Kultura i Polityka] 6, special edition on Religion and Politics [Religia i Polityka] (2009): 45–64.
[5] “The Art of Aidagara: Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Quest for an Ontology of Social Existence in Watsuji Tetsurō’s Rinrigaku.” Asian Philosophy 19: 3 (November 2009): 265–83.
[6] “Marx and the Bible: José Miranda’s Critique of the Philosophy of Oppression.” Journal of Religion & Society 10 (2008): 1–19.
[7] “The Social Principles of Jesus: A Critical Re-examination of Walter Rauschenbusch’s Social Gospel.” Journal of Liberal Religion 8: 1 (Winter 2008): 1–8.
[8] “Faith and the Sublation of Modernity: Kierkegaard and the Transformation of Fideism.” Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions 4 (2007): 231–47.
[9] “Parameters of Reform and Unification in Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought: Murakami Senshō and Critical Buddhism.” The Eastern Buddhist, New Series 37: 1–2 (2005): 106–34.
[10] “Blowing up of the Buddhas by the Taliban.” Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace Studies 33: 2 (2001): 99–101.
[11] “Eros and Transgression in an Age of Immanence: Georges Bataille’s (Religious) Critique of Kinsey.” Journal of Religion & Culture 13 (2000): 175–86.
[12] “Córdoban Discourses: A Drama of Interreligious Dialogue.” ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 27 (1999): 137–59.

Translations:
[1] “Building a Platform for Academic Buddhist Studies: Murakami Senshō,” by Sueki Fumihiko. The Eastern Buddhist, New Series 37: 1–2 (2005): 8–27 (Japanese to English).
[2] “Kiyozawa Manshi and Nishida Kitarō,” by Fujita Masakatsu. The Eastern Buddhist, New Series 35: 1–2 (2003): 42–56 (Japanese to English).
[3] “Shin Buddhism and Economic Ethics,” by Ama Toshimaro. The Eastern Buddhist, New Series 34 (2002): 25–50 (Japanese to English).

Encyclopedia Articles:
[1] “Religion in the Films of Akira Kurosawa.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion and Film, edited by Eric M. Mazur. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2011.
[2] “Religion in the Films of Hayao Miyazaki.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion and Film, edited by Eric M. Mazur. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2011.
[3] “Religion in the Films of Kenji Mizoguchi.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion and Film, edited by Eric M. Mazur. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2011.
[4] “Religion in the Films of Yasujirō Ozu.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion and Film, edited by Eric M. Mazur. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2011.
[5] “Gyōgi Bosatsu.” In Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia,Volume 1, edited by Phyllis G. Jestice, 335. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2004.
[6] “Ikkyū.” In Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia,Volume 2, edited by Phyllis G. Jestice, 391. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2004.
[7] ““Musō Soseki.” In Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia,Volume 2, edited by Phyllis G. Jestice, 615–16. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2004.

Book Reviews:
[1] “Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics,” by Christopher Ives, Philosophy East & West 62: 1 (forthcoming 2012).
[2] “Encounter with Enlightenment: A Study of Japanese Ethics,” by Robert E. Carter. The Eastern Buddhist: New Series 34: 2 (2003): 171–76.
[3] “People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture,” by David Lyle Jeffrey. ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 25 (1997): 151–53.
[4] “Either/Or: The Gospel or Neopaganism,” edited by Carl Braaten and Robert Jenson. ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 24 (1996).
[5] “Christian Fantasy: From 1200 to the Present,” by Colin Manlove. ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 24 (1996).
[6] “Faust the Theologian,” by Jaroslav Pelikan. ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 24 (1996)
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PRESENTATIONS:

Keynote Addresses at National and International Conferences:
[1] Polish Association of Japanese Studies International Conference, Poznań, Poland (Nov 25–27, 2010): “Radical Buddhism Then and Now: Prospects of a Paradox.”

Oral Presentations of Research at National and International Conferences:
[1] American Philosophical Association (APA) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (Dec 27–30, 2011), International Society for Buddhist Philosophy Section: “Buddhist Cosmopolitanism: History and Prospects.”
[2] XVIth Quadrennial Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), Dharma Drum College, Jinshan, Taipei, Taiwan (Jun 20–25, 2011): “A Buddha Land in this World: Political Use of the Lotus Sutra in 1930s Japan.”
[3] Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawai‘i (May 25–28, 2011): “Sustainability, Simplicity and Impermanence: A Philosophical Critique of Buddhist Approaches to Well-being.”
[4] Tenth East-West Philosophers’ Conference (EWPC), Honolulu, Hawai‘i (May 16–24, 2011): “Dharmic Materialism (and Anti-materialism) Japanese Buddhist Radicals and the Search for Economic Justice.”
[5] 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA), Boston, MA (Jan 6–9, 2011): “After the Fall: Tsuji Zennosuke and the Construction of Buddhist(ic) National History.”
[6] International Institute for Social History Workshop on Dimensions of Socialism, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Nov 18–19, 2010): “Confessions of a Japanese Opiate-Eater: Seno’o Girō & Buddhist Socialism in Postwar Japan.”
[7] XXth Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Toronto, Canada (Aug 15–21, 2010): “Taking the Lotus Sutra to the Streets: Nichiren Buddhist Radicalism in Imperial Japan."
[8] Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI (Jan 13–16, 2010):“Decadence as (Buddhist) Humanism: Sakaguchi Ango and the Transvaluation of Values in Postwar Japan"
[9] Japan Studies Association (JSA) Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI (Jan 7–9, 2010): “‘Carrying Buddha on our Backs’: Seno’o Girō and Radical Buddhism in Fascist Japan."
[10] American Philosophical Association (APA) Annual Meeting, New York, NY (Dec 27–30, 2009), International Society for Buddhist Philosophy Section: “Against Harmony: The Youth League for Revitalizing Buddhism, 1931–1937.”
[11] Otago Conference on Japanese Modernism, Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand (Aug 14–16, 2009): “Variations of Japanese Buddhist Modernism, 1890–1945."
[12] XVth Quadrennial Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Jun 23–28, 2008): “What’s so funny about mu? Irony, Redescription, and Humor in East Asian Mahayana Buddhist Thought and Practice."
[13] American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (Nov 17–20, 2007), Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy Section: “Irony, Contingency & Solidarity: Three Jewels of Postmetaphysical Buddhist Criticism."
[14] Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR-AAS) 36th Annual Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (Oct 27–28, 2007): "Spirited Away: Using Miyazaki’s Anime to Teach Japanese 'Folk Religiosity'."
[15] American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Regional (AAR-MAR) Meeting, Baltimore, MD (Mar 1-2, 2007): “Empty Words, Turning Words & Word Magic: Irony, Instrumentality, and Identity in a Buddhist Critique of Language.”
[16] Japan Studies Association (JSA) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA (Jan 4–6, 2007): “‘I’d Rather Listen to the Rain’: Buddhist Themes in the Films of Akira Kurosawa."
[17] American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (Nov 18–21, 2006): Buddhist Critical-Constructive Group: “Vexing Weber: Critical Buddhist Scholarship as a Vocation.”
[18] New York Conference of Asian Studies (NYCAS) Annual Meeting St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY (Oct 6–7, 2006), Respondent: “Imaging the Dharma: Buddhist Art & Identity in Multiple Contexts.”
[19] World’s Religions After September 11: A Global Congress, Montréal, QC (Sep 11–15, 2006): “Beyond Belief: Japanese Approaches to the Meaning of Religion.”
[20] World’s Religions After September 11: A Global Congress, Montréal, QC (Sep 11–15, 2006): “Sexuality, Blasphemy, and Iconoclasm in the Media Age: The Strange Case of the Buddha Bikini.”
[21] American Philosophical Association (APA) Annual Meeting, New York, NY (Dec 27–30, 2005): “Against the Grain: Buddhist Hermeneutics as Scholarly Praxis.”
[22] American Academy of Religion (AAR) International Meeting, Singapore (Jun 26–Jul 1, 2005): “Murakami Senshō and the Construction of Buddhist Unity.”
[23] XIXth World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Tokyo, Japan (Mar 23–30, 2005): “Reform and Unification in Modern Japanese Buddhism: Murakami Senshō and Critical Buddhism.”
[24] Canadian Peace Research and Education Association (CPREA), Annual Meeting, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada (Jun 1–3, 2000): “The Way of the Sword: Japanese Buddhist Justifications for War.”
[25] Canadian Peace Research and Education Association (CPREA), Annual Meeting, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada (Jun 1–3, 2000): “‘His Truth Goes Marching On’: Rethinking Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience’.”
[26] Emerging Boundaries: Interpretations of Religion and Culture, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada (May 19–20, 2000): “Why They Say ‘Buddhism is Criticism’: A Decade of Critical Buddhism."
[27] Implications and Interpretations: A Conference in Religion and Culture, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada (May 14–15, 1999): “Eros and Transgression in an Age of Immanence: Bataille vs. Kinsey
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Invited Guest Lectures and Colloquia Presentations:
[1] Bucknell University, Women’s and Gender Studies Masculinity Series, Lewisburg, PA (Oct 5, 2011): “The Body of Buddha: Masculinity as a ‘Problem’ in Early Buddhist Imagery.”
[2] International Research Center for Japanese Studies, History of Japanese Religions Seminar Series, Kyoto, Japan (Jul 8, 2011):Hokke-kyō to shakaiteki kindai bukkyō (The Lotus Sutra and Modern Socialistic Buddhism).
[3] Bucknell University, Panel on Japan’s Response to Crisis, Lewisburg, PA (Apr 19, 2011): “Cultural and Religious Responses to the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.”
[4] Bucknell University, Environmental Center Series on Religion and the Environment, Lewisburg, PA (Apr 19, 2011): “Buddhism and the Environment: Resources for the 21st Century."
[5] Bucknell University, Faculty Colloquium Series, Lewisburg, PA (Mar 22, 2011): “Zen and the Art of Revolution: Radical Buddhism in Thought and Practice.”
[6] McGill University, Symposium in Tribute to Professor Maurice Boutin, Montréal, QC (Nov 13, 2010): “Zange and Sorge: Two Models of ‘Care’ in Philosophy and Religion.”
[7] Bucknell University, Diversity Conference: Across Extremes, The Polarization of Public Discourse, Lewisburg, PA (Oct 22, 2010): “What Does it Mean to Be a Cosmopolitan Citizen?”
[8] Kyoto Asian Studies Group, Lecture Series, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan (May 24, 2010): “'Carrying the Buddha on our Backs': Problems of Buddhist Socialism in Modern Japan."
[9] Pusan National University, Global Studies Lecture Series Pusan, Korea (Apr 16, 2010): “Seno’o Girō: Radical Buddhist in Fascist Japan."
[10] McGill University, Panel Discussion on Sexual Assault for International Women’s Week, McGill University, Montreal, QC (Mar 9, 1999): “Pornography and Sexual Assault: A Clear and Present Connection?”
[11] Anglican Church of Canada, Diocesan Synod, Diocesan College, Montreal, QC (Oct 1, 1997): “The Postmodern Believer: The Changing Face of Faith."

Professional Duties at National and International Conferences:
[1] American Philosophical Association (APA) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (Dec 27–30, 2011): Organizer and Chair of panel on “Responses to Globalization in Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought.
[2] XVIth Quadrennial Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS), Jinshan, Taipei, Taiwan (Jun 20–25, 2011): Organizer and chair of panel on “Radical Buddhism in Thought and Practice."
[3] XXth Quinquennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Toronto, Canada (Aug 15–21, 2010): Organizer and chair of two-session panel on “Variations of Radical Religion in 1930s Japan.”
[4] American Philosophical Association (APA) Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD (Dec 27–30, 2007): Chair of panel on “Space and Body in Mahayana Buddhism: Tathāgatagarbha and Trikāya.
[5] From the Brain to Human Culture: Intersections Between the Humanities and Neuroscience, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (Apr 2007): Chair of panel on “Free Will, Emotion, and Agency.”
[6] American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (Nov 1999), Philosophy of Religion Group: Chair of panel on “Non-theistic Ethics.”

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Courses Taught:

• Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA, 2006–present
Buddhism (4 semesters)
Religions of Japan (4 semesters)
Religions of China (3 semesters)
Introduction to Asian Religions (2 semesters)
East Asian Religions in Practice (1 semester)
An Inquiry into the Good (1 semester)
Art, Nature & Knowledge: Pico to Tagore (1 semester)
Beyond Orientalism: Encountering Asia and the West (1 semester)
Myth, Reason & Faith: Gilgamesh to Genji (1 semester)
Capstone Seminar: Buddhist Ethics (1 semester)
Foundation Seminar: Religion & the Arts (1 semester)
Foundation Seminar: Love & Sex on the Silk Road (1 semester)
Independent Study: Buddhism & Economics (1 semester)
Independent Study: Ethics & Emptiness in Dōgen (1 semester)
Independent Study: A Literary Study of Zen Emptiness (1 semester)
Honor’s Thesis: Muga-mushin: An Analysis of Zen Buddhist Concepts of No-Self & No-Mind in Light of Cognitive Neuroscience (1 semester)

• Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, Fall 2009
Shinto: The Japanese Way of Kami (1 semester)

• Lakeland College, Tokyo, Japan, 2003–2005
Introduction to the Humanities (8 semesters)
World Religions in Comparative Perspective (7 semesters)
Ethics in Theory and Practice (3 semesters)
Eastern Religions (1 semester)
Western Religions (1 semester)
Art History (1 semester)
Sociology (1 semester)

• Antioch College, Buddhist Studies Abroad Program, Kyoto, Japan, 2002
History of Buddhist Thought (1 semester)

• McGill University, Quebec, Canada, 1997–2000
Sexual Ethics: Philosophical and Religious Perspectives (4 semesters)
Religion & the Arts (1 semester)

Teaching Awards and Distinctions:
2007–2008 Nominated for Bucknell's Exceptional Faculty Accomplishment in the Area of Diversity Award

SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Bucknell University

University Committees:
• Faculty and Personnel Committee (3-year term: Fall 2011–Spring 2014)
• Faculty Council (1-semester term: Spring 2011)

Other Committees:
• Bucknell-in-London Committee (2011–present)
• Women’s and Gender Studies Coordinating Committee (2008–present)
• Faculty Advisory Committee on Teaching (2008–2009)

Appointed Positions:
• Faculty Advisor for Rhodes Scholarships (2011–present)
• Faculty Advisor, Bucknell Model United Nations Club (2007–present)
• Library Liaison, Dept of Religion (2007–2009)

Search Committees:
• Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Visiting Assistant Professor (Spring 2011) [co-chair]
• Dept of Religion, Assistant Professor in Religion in the Americas (Fall 2008) • Dept of Religion, Visiting Assistant Professor in American Religions (Spring 2008)
• Dept of Religion, Visiting Assistant Professor in American Religions (Fall 2007)
• Dept of East Asian Studies, Visiting Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies (Spring 2007)

Lakeland College, Japan

Committees:
• Chair, Spiritual Studies Assessment Committee (2004–2005)
• Chair, Artistic Experience Assessment Committee (2004–2005)

Search Committees:
• Assistant Professor in Natural Sciences (Spring 2005)

Other Professional Service and Administrative Experience:
External Reviewer, Tenure Position in Religious Studies, Albright College, Reading, PA (Fall 2010)
Kyoto Culture Visit Program (NPO), Assistant Coordinator (2002)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Editing and Translating Experience:
Editorial Board, Journal of Japanese Philosophy (2011–present)
Field Expert, H-Socialisms Discussion Network (2011–present)
External Reviewer, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy (2011–present)
External Reviewer, Japan Review (2011–present)
External Reviewer, Philosophy East and West (2010–present)
External Reviewer, Journal of Buddhist Ethics (2008–present)
External Reviewer, Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Studies (2008–present)
Freelance Translator, A2Z Translate Limited, Tokyo, Japan (2008–present)
Editorial Board, Journal of Progressive Buddhism (2007–present)
Translation Consultant (Japanese–Sanskrit–English), Berserk Comic Series (2006–present)
Book Review Editor, Journal of Buddhist Ethics (2002–present)
Copy Editor, Proofreader, Translator, The Eastern Buddhist (2001–2005)
Assistant Editor, Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (2002)
Managing Editor, ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University (1998–2000)
Book Review Editor, ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University (1996)

Professional Associations and Organizations:
American Academy of Religion
American Philosophical Association
Association for Asian Studies
Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Group
Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy
Continental and Comparative Philosophy Circle
International Association for Buddhist Studies
International Association for the History of Religions
International Society for Buddhist Philosophy
Japan Studies Association
Projekt History of Society and Socialisms
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
Society for the Study of Japanese Religions