Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


Jason Protass (Ph.D., Stanford) is a scholar of Chinese Buddhism. His research focuses on the Northern and Southern Song dynasties (960-1279). His first book project, tentatively titled "The Poetry Demon," examines Buddhist monks' understanding of Chinese poetry and its relationships to the Buddhist path in the eleventh to fourteenth centuries CE.

Jason's other projects include a geography of Chan lineages during the Northern Song dynasty. A goal of this project is to incorporate digital methods into humanistic inquiry. This religious geography provides the architecture for a planned second book-length project. As that project develops, Jason will be working with materials related to Chan ritual, itinerancy, gazetteers, literati Buddhism, and "tales of the strange."

Jason has studied at Academia Sinica (Taipei), Hanazono University (Kyoto), Ryūkoku University (Kyoto), and Peking University (Beijing) under the auspices of fellowships from Fulbright Taiwan, American Council of Learned Societies, Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (Japan), and the Ministry of Education P. R. China. Jason welcomes students interested in Buddhism across East Asia.

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