Gina Cogan

Assistant Professor of Religion (Joint Appointment in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
145 Bay State Road, Suite 102
BA Georgetown University, MA New York University, PhD Columbia University

Gina Cogan joined the faculty of the Department as an Assistant Professor of Asian Religions in the Fall of 2005. She received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Columbia University in 2004 and subsequently completed a yearlong postdoctoral research fellowship at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. A teacher of Japanese Religion, Buddhism, Asian Religion and Women and Religion, her interests also include Buddhism in the United States. Professor Cogan’s research focuses on the role of gender and monastic precepts in the relationship of Buddhism to the state in premodern Japan. Her research interests include larger issues of women in Buddhism in East Asia, Zen Buddhism, and Buddhism and religious travel. Professor Cogan’s recent publications include an article on Buddhist nuns from the imperial family in Meiji Japan and an article on gender and authenticity in J-pop.