I joined the program in fall 2015. Originally from Germany, I have spent most of my academic career before coming to Princeton in the UK (Trinity College, Cambridge University) and Japan (Dōshisha and Osaka Universities).
My area of research is the intellectual history of Japan with a particular focus on Buddhism in the modern period. My specific areas of interest include the modern reinterpretation of pre-modern and classical Buddhist texts (e.g. the Tannishō) as well as of Japanese Buddhist figures (such as Shinran), Japanese colonial rule in Korea, the encounter between Christianity and East Asian culture and the dialogue between contemporary philosophy and East Asian traditions of thought. I also have secondary interests in the history of psychotherapy and in debates around mental health and meditation.
My previous research has dealt with Shinran’s thought and its interpretation and appropriation in modern Japan by writers such as Kurata Hyakuzō and Akegarasu Haya. I have also looked at the early history of psychotherapy and Buddhism in Meiji and Taishō Japan, focusing on the development of Morita therapy.
During this academic year (2016-7) I have been elected a Resident Graduate Student at Rockefeller College.