Jolyon Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD from Princeton University, an MA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a BA from Grinnell College. His first book, Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan, was published by University of Hawai‘i Press in 2012. His second book, Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan, is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in April 2019. With the generous support of a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership/Social Science Research Council Abe Fellowship, he is now working on a third book, tentatively titled Difficult Subjects: Debating Religion and Public Education in Japan and the United States.
Coming soon! An interview with the Meiji at 150 podcast. Stay tuned…
Courses in Fall 2019:
The Religion of Anime (lecture) MW 5–6; recitations F; film screenings TBA
Asian Religions in the Global Imagination (seminar) T 6–9