Ethan Bushelle

Assistant Professor



Ph.D. Japanese Religions and Literature, Harvard University


Ethan Bushelle is a scholar of Japanese religions and culture. In both his teaching and research, he explores the role religion plays in shaping the social structures and practices by which people understand their world and their place in it. He is currently working on a book project that examines how Buddhist monastics in Japan's classical period (c. 645–1185) won autonomy from the monarchical state and contributed to the spread of new ideals centered on the individual and the attainment of personal salvation. In addition to courses on Japanese religions and cultures, Prof. Bushelle also teaches courses on Chinese religions, Buddhism, and the academic study of religion.