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.
Japanese Religions, Buddhism
I am interested in religious biographies and the role that they play in the “life” of religious communities. My doctoral research at Harvard focused on the narrative and ritual representation of the life and thought of Shinran, the purported founder of Jôdo Shinshû (“The True Sect of Pure Land”) Buddhism, particularly in the illustrated hand scroll (emaki) biographies produced by Shinran’s great-grandson, Kakunyo.
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
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