John K. Nelson
John Nelson is Professor of East Asian Religions and Academic Director of the M.A. Program in Asia Pacific Studies, University of San Francisco. As a cultural anthropologist, his research and publications explore the interaction between religion, society, and politics in contemporary East Asia and the world. His most recent book, Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan, was co-winner of the 2014 Numata Prize for "outstanding book in Buddhist studies". He is also the author of two other book-length ethnographies (A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine, 1996 and Engaging Identities: the Guise of Shinto in Contemporary Japan, 2000), two documentary films, and numerous academic articles on Shinto shrines and Buddhist and rituals.