Graduate Theological Union

Scott A. Mitchell

Scott MitchellInstitute of Buddhist Studies
Core Faculty
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2008

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2008
M.A., Institute of Buddhist Studies/Graduate Theological Union, 2002
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1999

Phone: 510/809-1449

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Buddhism in Western contexts
  • Pure Land Buddhism
  • Postcolonial studies of religion
  • Ritual studies
  • Media studies

Selected Publications

  • Buddhism in America: Global Religion, Local Contexts, forthcoming 2016.
  • Buddhism Beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States, co-authored with Natalie E.F. Quli, SUNY Press, 2015.
  • “The Tranquil Meditator: representing Buddhism and Buddhists in US popular media,” Religion Compass, 2014.
  • “‘Christianity is for Rubes; Buddhism is for Actors’: Media Representations of Buddhism in the Wake of the Tiger Woods Scandal,” The Journal of Global Buddhism, 2012.
  • “Locally Translocal American Shin Buddhism,” Pacific World: the Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies Third Series, 2010.
  • “Sunday Morning Songs: English Language Gāthās in American Shinshū Temples,” The Pure Land, 2006.