Gina Cogan

Gina Cogan145 Bay State Road, Suite 102
Boston, MA 02215
T: 617.358.3647 F: 617.358.3087
Spring 2015 Office Hours: By appointment only


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.

Complete CV


Princess NunThe Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan
By Gina Cogan
Harvard University Asia Center
March 3, 2014
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  • CAS RN 103 Religions of the World: Eastern
  • CAS RN 210 Buddhism
  • CAS RN 215 Japanese Religion
  • CAS RN 224 Women and Religion
  • CAS RN 312 Buddhism in America
  • CAS RN 363 Zen Buddhism
  • CAS RN 430 Topics in E. Asian Religions