Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai Professor of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies
Dean of Students and Faculty Affairs
Certificate in Buddhist Studies Director
Dean Mitchell has been a faculty member of the Institute since 2008, and a member of the IBS and GTU community since he began his graduate work in 2000. His research interests include Buddhism in Western contexts, Buddhist modernity, Pure Land Buddhism, translocal religions, ritual studies, and media studies.
Degrees and Certifications:
PhD, Graduate Theological Union
MA, Institute of Buddhist Studies/Graduate Theological Union
BA, San Francisco State University
Research and Teaching Interests:
Buddhism in Western contexts
Pure Land Buddhism
Postcolonial studies of religion
Methods in Buddhist Studies: essays in honor of Richard K. Payne, co-edited with Natalie Fisk Quli, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.
Buddhism in America: Global Religion, Local Contexts, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
“English Language Sources on Chinese Pure Land Buddhism: a bibliographic essay,” in Pure Land Buddhism in China: a Doctrinal History, BDK America, 2016.
Buddhism Beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States, co-edited with Natalie E.F. Quli, SUNY Press, 2015.
“American Shin Buddhist Music,” in Asian American Religious Cultures, ABC-CLIO Press, 2015.
“The Ritual Use of Music in US Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist Communities,” Contemporary Buddhism, 2014.
“The Tranquil Meditator: representing Buddhism and Buddhists in US popular media,” Religion Compass, 2014.
Buddhism in the West
Buddhism and Film
History of Shin Buddhism: Modern
Critical Race Theory and American Buddhism