Research Interests

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Primary areas of interest include Japanese Buddhism and the cross-cultural exchange between Asia and the West that has shaped the development of modern Buddhism worldwide in the past century and a half. Books I have written or edited in relation to this topic include Studying Buddhism in Practice (Routledge 2012) and Mahayana Phoenix: Japan's Buddhists at the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions (Peter Lang, 2008). This has included research on Buddhism in Canada, such as Jodo Shinshu in southern Alberta, as well as research in the USA, Europe, and Asia.

Secondary areas of interest include Scholarly Approaches to the Study and Teaching of Religion (see as well as the co-authored (both with Hillary Rodrigues) Introduction to the Study of Religion (Routledge 2009) and follow-up The Study of Religion: A Reader (2013).

Current projects include  serving as one of the authors and one of three editors (with Victor Sogen Hori and Alexander Soucy) for Flowers on the Rock: Global and Local Buddhisms in Canada (McGill-Queens University Press, 2014). This volume, which  analyzes the dramatic growth of Buddhism in Canada in global and historical contexts, both follows up on our co-edited book, Wild Geese: Studies of Buddhism in Canada (MQUP, 2010), and launches our five-year SSHRC research project, "The Modernization of Buddhism in Global Perspective" (SSHRC Insight Grant, $258,659).