Tori Montrose


Tori is a Doctoral Candidate in East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. She specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese religion, especially Buddhism. Her dissertation examines the history of Buddhist universities in Japan from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Her earlier research focused on the history of the Japanese new Buddhist movement, Shinnyo-en.

Degrees and Certifications:
Graduate Certificate in the Study of Religion, University of Southern California
M.A. East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California
M.A. in Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union/Institute of Buddhist Studies
B.A. in Political Science and Minor in History, University of California, San Diego

Research and Teaching Interests:
Buddhism in East Asia
Buddhist education
Asian new religions
Modern and transnational Buddhism
History of higher education and religion

Recent Publications:
2019 Montrose, Victoria Rose. “Making the Modern Priest: The Otani Denomination’s Proto-University and Debates about Clerical Education in the Early Meiji Period.” In Methods in Buddhist Studies: Essays in Honor of Richard K. Payne, edited by Scott A. Mitchell and Natalie E.F. Quli. London: Bloomsbury.

2018 Montrose, Victoria Rose. “Shinnyo-en.” In Brill Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements, edited by Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter. Leiden: Brill, 144-160.

2017 “Report on ‘Asian Buddhism: Plural Colonialisms and Plural Modernities’ Workshop.” Japanese Religions, 41.1&2: 59-66.

2015 Montrose, Victoria Rose. “Review: Universities and Religion in Modern Japan.” Japanese Religions, 40.1&2: 109-115

2014 Montrose, Victoria Rose. “Floating Prayer: Localization, Globalization, and Tradition in the Shinnyo-en Hawaii Lantern Floating.” Journal of Religion in Japan 3, no. 2-3, 177-197.

2012 Pinto, Victoria Rose. “Review: Bonds of the Dead: Temples, Burial, and the Transformation of Contemporary Japanese Buddhism.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 39.2: 387-91.

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Buddhism and Buddhist Studies