Department Coordinator and Visiting Instructor

Taoyateduta Hall 114


Born and raised on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, Jake Nagasawa is a PhD candidate (C.Phil., 2018) in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on ancient and medieval Tibetan Buddhism, and Asian American religions in the contemporary U.S. He received a BA in Theology & Religious Studies and Asian Studies from the University of San Francisco (2011) and an MA in Religious Studies from UCSB (2017). His research has been supported by the Khyentse Foundation, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Cambridge, and UCSB’s Graduate Division.

Jake is also a translator for the 84000| Translating the Words of the Buddha project and co-chair of the American Academy of Religion Western Region’s Buddhist Studies unit.