Galen Amstutz

Born in California, studied foreign languages at UC Davis, and subsequently, living in a variety of places, served in a variety of roles including librarian, ESL teacher, BCA minister, college professor in the US, Germany and Japan, translator, journal editor, and administrator at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, before coming to rest currently as an independent scholar in Massachusetts.

Degrees and Certifications:
PhD, Religion and East Asian Studies, Princeton University
MA, Institute of Buddhist Studies

Research and Teaching Interests:
Every kind of historical and philosophical issue related to Jōdoshinshū traditions

Recent Publications:
For Journal of Religion in Japan (Brill) upcoming: “How Far Can the Term ‘Secularization’ Be Applied to Jōdoshinshū?”

Courses Taught:
History of Shin Buddhist Tradition (HRHS-8307 )