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Jake E. Nagasawa

Visiting Assistant Professor, American Studies

Humanities 100D


Born and raised on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, Jake Nagasawa is Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies. He received his PhD and MA in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his BA in Theology & Religious Studies and Asian Studies from the University of San Francisco. He is interested in ancient and medieval Tibetan Buddhism, and Asian American religions in the contemporary U.S. His research has been supported by the Khyentse Foundation, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Cambridge, and University of California, Santa Barbara’s Graduate Division.

Dr. Nagasawa is also a translator for 84000| Translating the Words of the Buddha and the UCSB Buddhist Texts Translation Initiative. He also serves as the Regional Coordinator of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region and is co-chair of the Buddhist Studies unit.