Areas of Specialization: Japanese Religions, East Asian Buddhism; History and Thought of Zen
I specialize in Japanese religions, especially Zen Buddhism and the thought of Dogen, founder of the Soto sect, in the medieval period (13th century). I also research a variety of topics in Japanese and East Asian culture and literature from classical through modern times in comparative perspectives. My teaching includes these topics, but also covers much broader themes such as worldwide mysticism, folk religions east and west, and the impact of modernization on East Asia. I am also the founding director of the Asian Studies Program (asian.fiu.edu), which includes B.A. and M.A. degree offerings in addition to various certificates at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, I have published 35 monographs and edited volumes, mainly with Oxford University Press, University of Hawaii Press, and (in 2020) Columbia University Press, plus over one hundred peer-reviewed articles in major journals and collections. I Have given lectures at many universities in the U.S., East Asia, and Europe, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Brown, Stanford, Chicago, UCLA, Duke, Florida, Arizona, Iowa, Penn State, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, SOAS, Cambridge, Frei, Oslo, Tokyo, Komazawa, and Beijing, among others.