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Asuka Sango

Asuka Sango

  • Associate Professor of Religion, Chair of Religion, Religion

Education & Professional History

International Christian University (Tokyo); Wittenberg University, BA; University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), MA; Princeton University, PhD.

At Carleton since 2007.

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Religion

Asuka Sango (Wittenberg University, B.A.; University of Illinois, M.A.; Princeton University, Ph.D.), 2007-, teaches courses in the religions of East Asia. Her chief research field is Japanese Buddhism of the medieval period.  She is the author of The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan (2015), which examines the competitive and yet complementary relationship between the state and the Buddhist community in ancient Japan.  In her spare time, she pursues her passion for Argentine tango.

Asian Studies

Wittenberg University, BA; University of Illinois, MA; Princeton University, PhD; teaches courses in the religions of East Asia. Her special interests include Buddhist rituals, religion and society in Japan, food and religion, and Buddhist activism in contemporary societies. Her dissertation examines Buddhist debates in premodern Japan and analyzes how such ritual performance offered a unique site for producing political power and doctrinal knowledge.

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