Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Ph.D., Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, Japanese Studies (2014)
M.A., University of Hamburg, Germany, Japanese Studies (2007)
B.M., Berklee College of Music, Boston, Professional Music (Performance and Jazz Composition) (2000)
Michaela Mross specializes in Japanese Buddhism, with a particular emphasis on Sōtō Zen, Buddhist rituals, sacred music, as well as manuscript and print culture in premodern Japan. She has written numerous articles on kōshiki 講式 (Buddhist ceremonials) and co-edited a special issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies on kōshiki. Her first book, Memory, Music, Manuscripts: The Ritual Dynamics of Kōshiki in Japanese Sōtō Zen, is forthcoming with the Kuroda Series of University of Hawai’i Press. She is currently working on a monograph on eisanka 詠讃歌 (Buddhist hymns) and lay Buddhist choirs in contemporary Zen Buddhism. This project will showcase how music played a vital role in the modernization of Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhism in the last seventy years.