Jeff Wilson


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  • PhD - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Master of Arts - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Bachelor of Arts - Sarah Lawrence College



  • The Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III: Comparative Religion. Co-edited with Tomoe Moriya (University of California Press, 2016)

  • Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014)

  • Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
  • Mourning the Unborn Dead: A Buddhist Ritual Comes to America (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Select Articles

  • “Fear, Trembling, and Joy”: Unitarian Universalism and Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S. and Canada, 1973-1984.” Journal of Unitarian Universalist History, vol. 36 (May 2013): 84-111

  • "'All Beings Are Equally Embraced By Amida Buddha:’ Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and Same-Sex Marriage in the United States.” Journal of Global Buddhism, vol. 13 (June 2012): 31-59
  • “‘Which One of You is the Bride?’ Unitarian Universalism and Same-Sex Marriage in North America, 1957-1972.” Journal of Unitarian Universalist History, vol. 35 (Spring 2012): 156-172.
  • “What is Canadian about Canadian Buddhism?” Religion Compass, vol. 5, no. 9 (September 2011): 536-548.
  • “Mapping the American Buddhist Terrain: Paths Taken and Possible Itineraries.” Religion Compass, vol. 3, no. 5 (September 2009): 836-846
  • “‘Deeply Female and Universally Human:’ The Rise of Kuan-yin Worship in America.” Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 23, no. 3 (October 2008): 285-306
  • “Pure Land Iconography and Ritual Intent: A Comparative Study of the Visualization Texts Kuan Wu-Liang-Shou-Fo Ching and Amitabha Sadhana.” Pure Land, no. 22 (December 2006): 167-186
  • “Aesthetics of American Zen: Tradition, Adaptation, and Innovation in the Rochester Zen Center Garden.” Japan Studies Review, vol. IX (May 2005): 101-114

Selected Professional Activities

  • Chair, Department of Culture and Language Studies, Renison University College, University of Waterloo
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Global Buddhism
  • Advisory Board Member, Oxford Bibliographies Online

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • RS 123R/EASIA 120R - Monsters and Magic in Japanese Popular Culture
  • RS 201/EA 205R - Religions of East Asia 
  • RS 204 - Buddhism 
  • RS 206/EA 206R - Japanese Religion 
  • RS 219 - Religion in America 
  • RS 260 - How to Study Religion
  • RS 275/EA 275R - Religion and Japanese Film 
  • RS 327 - Buddhism in North America 

Graduate Courses Taught

  • RS 700 - Religious Diversity in North America 
  • RS 703 - Themes in Buddhism in North America 
  • RS 705 - History of Religion in North America