Professor, Religious Studies and East Asian Studies
Note: Dr. Wilson has Approved Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor status and may accept doctoral students.
- PhD - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Master of Arts - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Bachelor of Arts - Sarah Lawrence College
Undergraduate courses offered:
- Religions of East Asia (RS 201/EA 205R)
- Buddhism (RS 204)
- Japanese Religion (RS 206/EA 206R)
- Religion in America (RS 219)
- Sacred Places in North America (RS 222)
- The Study of Religion (RS 260)
- Religion and Japanese Film (RS 275/EA 275R)
- Buddhism in North America (RS 327)
- Monsters and Magic in Japanese Popular Culture (RS 123R/EASIA 120R)
Graduate courses offered:
- Religious Diversity in North America (RS 700)
- Themes in Buddhism in North America (RS 703)
- History of Religion in North America (RS 705)
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)
- Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume 3: Comparative Religion (University of California Press, 2015, co-edited with Tomoe Moriya)
“Mindfully Feminine? The Role of Meditation in the Production and Marketing of Gendered Lifestyles.” In Buddhist Feminisms and Femininities, ed. Karma Lekshe Tsomo. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press (2019): 285-302.
“Examining Buddhism in Unitarian Universalist Hymnals, 1894-2015.” Yale Journal of Music & Religion 4, no. 2 (2018): 105-119.
“‘The New Science of Health and Happiness:’ Investigating Buddhist Engagements with the Scientific Study of Meditation.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 53, no. 1 (2018): 49-66.
“Mindfulness on the Move: A Translocative Analysis of Global Mindfulness Flows.” In EastSpirit: Transnational Spirituality and Religious Circulation in East and West, eds. Jorn Borup and Marianne Qvortup Fibiger. Leiden: Brill (2017): 61-79.
“‘Mindfulness Makes You a Way Better Lover’: Mindful Sex and the Adaption of Buddhism to New Cultural Desires.” In Meditation, Buddhism, and Science, eds. David McMahan and Erik Braun, 152-171. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017): 152-171.
“Selling Mindfulness: Commodity Lineages and the Marketing of Mindful Products.” In Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement, ed. Ronald E. Purser, David Forbes, and Adam Burke. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing (2016): 109-119.
“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
Selected professional activities:
- Founder and Chair, Buddhism in the West Consultation at the American Academy of Religion
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Global Buddhism
- Advisory Board Member, Oxford Bibliographies Online
- Chair, Culture and Language Studies
Please visit Jeff Wilson’s website for more information about his teaching and research.