Graduate Theological Union

Scott A. Mitchell

Institute of Buddhist Studies

Dean of Students and Faculty Affairs
Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai Professor of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Studies

Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2008

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2008
MA, Institute of Buddhist Studies/Graduate Theological Union, 2002
BA, San Francisco State University, 1999

Phone: 510/809-1449

Current Research and Teaching Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • Buddhism in America: Global Religion, Local Contexts, Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
  • “English Language Sources on Chinese Pure Land Buddhism: a bibliographic essay,” in Pure Land Buddhism in China: a Doctrinal History, BDK America, 2016.
  • Buddhism Beyond Borders: New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States, co-edited with Natalie E.F. Quli, SUNY Press, 2015.
  • “American Shin Buddhist Music,” in Asian American Religious Cultures, ABC-CLIO Press, 2015.
  • “The Ritual Use of Music in US Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist Communities,” Contemporary Buddhism, 2014.
  • “The Tranquil Meditator: representing Buddhism and Buddhists in US popular media,” Religion Compass, 2014.