BiographyMy degrees are from: Columbia University (BA) Oriental Studies 1971; University of Cambridge (BA) Japanese Studies 1973 and MA (honorary) 1977; and again Columbia University (PhD) Japanese Thought 1978. Aside from visiting appointments, I have spent my career at three universities: St. John's University in NY 1979-1986; the University of Southern California 1986-2003; and the University of British Columbia 2003-present. At each of these universities I provided department-level leadership and received teaching awards, and I have also served as both the elected President of the Academic Senate at USC, and the elected vice president of the Faculty Association at UBC.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I have published work on Japanese Confucianism, nativism (Kokugaku), popular culture (including a translation of short stories by Ihara Saikaku), underground religious movements, the construction of identity, values, and most recently individuality.
For many years I enjoyed racquetball and longboard surfing, but after moving to Canada in 2003 these were replaced by bicycling and long walks, especially along the shoreline near my home. I have an amateurish interest in Karl Barth and a serious interest in good food.