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Christopher Thane Callahan

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Contact Information

707 S Mathews Ave
2090 FLB
M/C 173

Office Hours

T 1:00-3:00
Teaching Assistant Professor


Christopher Callahan, a scholar of Japanese religions and Buddhism, completed his B.A in Philosophy at Washington and Lee University and two Masters degrees in Asian Religions and in Japanese Literature at the University of Hawai’i before receiving his Ph.D. from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University in 2011.

Research Interests

Japanese Religions, Buddhism


Ph.D Religious Studies, Harvard University
M.A. Asian Religions, University of Hawaii
M.A. Japanese Literature, University of Hawaii
B.A. Philosophy, Washington and Lee University

Courses Taught

EALC 199: Japanese Religion in Manga and Anime
EALC 250: Introduction to Japanese Culture
EALC/REL 287: Introduction to Buddhism
EALC/REL 398: The Visual Culture of Japanese Buddhism
EALC/REL 495: Pure Land Buddhism

Additional Campus Affiliations

Teaching Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Teaching Assistant Professor, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Recent Publications

Callahan, C. (2016). Recognizing the founder, seeing Amida Buddha: Kakunyo’s Hōon kōshiki. Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 43(1), 177-205.

Callahan, C. T. (2011). Awakening Faith in the Pure Land Section of the Qixinlun. Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Third Series(13), 25-44.

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