Works (57)

2023 chapter

Constitutional Buddhism: Japanese Buddhists and Constitutional Law

In T. Ginsburg & B. Schonthal (Eds.), Buddhism and Comparative Constitutional Law (pp. 241–271). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): T. Ginsburg & B. Schonthal

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2023 chapter

Kōmeitō in 2021: Strategizing Between the LDP and Sōka Gakkai

By: A. Klein* & L. McLaughlin

Source: ORCID
Added: December 1, 2022

2022 report

A Grudge Against the Unification Church Motivated the Murder of Japan’s Most Prominent Politician

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 26, 2022

2022 chapter

Komeito in 2021: Strategizing Between the LDP and Soka Gakkai

In R. J. Pekkanen, S. R. Reed, & D. M. Smith (Eds.), Japan Decides 2021: The Japanese Lower House Election. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

By: A. Klein & L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): R. Pekkanen, S. Reed & D. Smith

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2021 journal article

Beethoven and Buddhism in a Japanese Religion: Culture as Cultivation in Soka Gakkai

NUMEN-INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS, 68(5-6), 593–618.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: February 14, 2022

2021 chapter

Disasters

In E. Baffelli, A. Castiglioni, & F. Rambelli (Eds.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of Japanese Religions (pp. 27–33).

By: L. Mclaughlin

Ed(s): E. Baffelli, A. Castiglioni & F. Rambelli

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2021 report

Investigating the Corporate Form in Practice: Heterarchy, hitozukuri, Hello Kitty, and the Public Good

In The Immanent Frame: The Corporate Form. http://tif.ssrc.org/2021/04/02/investigating-the-corporate-formin-practice/?source=relatedposts&fbclid=IwAR1J2KUaqP7wZ8O5ntEepaxxWxESV_14i1iIsqAFf_JMki6ANfSLZW1XrE.

By: L. McLaughlin, A. Rots, J. Thomas & C. Watanabe

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2021 chapter

Kōmeitō

In The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Politics (pp. 201–222).

By: A. Klein* & L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 17, 2022

2021 report

Making Persons, Cultures, and Nations

In The Immanent Frame: The Corporate Form. https://tif.ssrc.org/2021/05/07/making-persons-cultures-and-nations/.

By: L. McLaughlin & D. Moodie

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2021 magazine article

Prayer as Action: Buddhist Priests During COVID-19 in Japan

Dharma World, (Spring), 22–25.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2021 chapter

Soka Gakkai's Impact on Constitutional Revision Attempts

In H. Hardacre, T. S. George, K. Komamura, & F. Seraphim (Eds.), Japanese Constitutional Revisionism and Civic Activism (pp. 161–174). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): H. Hardacre, T. George, K. Komamura & F. Seraphim

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2021 article

Sources of Disaster: A Roundtable Discussion on New Epistemic Perspectives in Post-3.11 Japan

Onaga, L., Schieder, C. S., Buhrman, K., Jacoby, J. M., Juraku, K., Slater, D. H., … Ortiz, A. M. (2021, October 2). EAST ASIAN SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, Vol. 15, pp. 482–496.

By: L. Onaga, C. Schieder, K. Buhrman, J. Jacoby, K. Juraku, D. Slater, A. Wiemann, A. Dekant ...

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: January 18, 2022

2021 journal article

The Aesthetics and Emotions of Religious Belonging: Examples from the Buddhist World

NUMEN-INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS, 68(5-6), 421–435.

By: E. Baffelli*, J. Caple*, L. McLaughlin & F. Schroeer

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: February 14, 2022

2021 magazine article

The Small Pacifist Party That Could Shape Japan’s Future

Harris, T., & McLaughlin, L. (2021, April). Foreign Policy. https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/11/04/komeito-ldp-japan-elections-defense-policy-china/

By: T. Harris & L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2021 chapter book

The impact of COVID-19 on religion in Japan

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Web Of Science, Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2020 article

Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan.

McLaughlin, L. (2020, May). JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES, Vol. 79, pp. 514–517.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Web Of Science, ORCID
Added: July 6, 2020

2020 chapter

How to do fieldwork: Studying Japan in and outside of Japan

In N. Kottmann & C. Reiher (Eds.), Studying Japan: Research Designs, Fieldwork and Methods (pp. 157–168).

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): N. Kottmann & C. Reiher

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2020 journal article

Japanese Religious Responses to COVID-19: A Preliminary Report

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 18(9), 5394. https://apjjf.org/2020/9/McLaughlin.html

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2020 journal article

Naviguer entre deux eaux: plongée au coeur des groups LGBTQ+ du Soka Gakkai = Navigating Between Two Waters: A Plunge into the Heart of the LGBTQ+ Groups of Soka Gakkai

Tempura, (Winter), 60–63.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2020 chapter

The Soka Gakkai Economy. Measuring Cycles of Exchange That Power Japan’s Largest Buddhist Lay Organization

In T. Brox & E. Williams-Oerberg (Eds.), Buddhism and Business: Merit, Material Wealth, and Morality in the Global Market Economy (pp. 76–92).

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): T. Brox & E. Williams-Oerberg

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2020 journal article

Why Scholars of Religion Must Investigate the Corporate Form

Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 88(3), 693–725.

By: L. McLaughlin, A. Rots*, J. Thomas* & C. Watanabe*

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2019 book

Soka Gakkai’s Human Revolution

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: Crossref
Added: January 23, 2022

2019 chapter

Using Buddhist Resources in Post-disaster Japan: Taniyama Yōzō’s “Vihāra Priests and Interfaith Chaplains” (2014)

In P. Salguero (Ed.), Buddhism and Medicine (pp. 164–176).

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): P. Salguero

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2018 chapter book

Kōmeitō 2017: New Complications

By: A. Klein* & L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2018 book

Soka Gakkai's Human Revolution

In University of Hawaii Press. https://uhpress.hawaii.edu/title/soka-gakkais-human-revolution-the-rise-of-a-mimetic-nation-in-modern-japan/

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2018 book review

Women in Japanese Religions by Barbara R. Ambros

[Review of Women in Japanese Religions, by B. R. Ambros]. The Journal of Japanese Studies, 44(1), 160–165.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2017 chapter

The Rise of the "Clinical Religionist"

In J. Samuels, J. T. McDaniel, & M. M. Rowe (Eds.), Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia (pp. 65–67).

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): J. Samuels, J. McDaniel & M. Rowe

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2017 chapter

Two Self-Sacrificing Bureaucrats

In J. Samuels, J. T. McDaniel, & M. M. Rowe (Eds.), Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia (pp. 99–102).

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): J. Samuels, J. McDaniel & M. Rowe

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2016 journal article

Hard lessons learned tracking changes in media presentations of religion and religious aid mobilization after the 1995 and 2011 disasters in Japan

Asian Ethnology, 75(1), 105–137.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2016 chapter

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Gets Religion

In New Perspectives on Japan from the U.S.- Japan Network for the Future (pp. 29–34). Washington, D.C: The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2016 book

Religious Responses to the 2011 Tsunami in Japan

In Oxford Handbooks Online.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2016 journal article

Salvage and salvation guest editors' introduction

Asian Ethnology, 75(1), 1–28.

By: P. Fountain & L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2015 article

Beyond the mushroom cloud: Commemoration, religion, and responsibility after Hiroshima.

Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 41, pp. 153–158.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: NC State University Libraries, ORCID
Added: August 6, 2018

2015 journal article

Komeito’s Soka Gakkai Protestors and Supporters: Religious Motivations for Political Activism in Contemporary Japan

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 13(41), 4386. http://japanfocus.org/-Levi-McLaughlin/4386/article.html

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2014 chapter

Electioneering as Religious Practice: A History of Sōka Gakkai’s Political Activities to 1970

In G. Ehrhardt, A. Klein, L. McLaughlin, & S. R. Reed (Eds.), Kōmeitō: Politics and Religion in Japan (pp. 51–82). Berkeley, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies.

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): G. Ehrhardt, A. Klein, L. McLaughlin & S. Reed

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2014 chapter

Komeito: Politics and Religion in Japan

In G. Ehrhardt, A. Klein, L. McLaughlin, & S. R. Reed (Eds.), Komeito: Politics and Religion in Japan (pp. 269–275). Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies.

By: G. Ehrhardt, A. Klein, L. McLaughlin & S. Reed

Ed(s): G. Ehrhardt, A. Klein, L. McLaughlin & S. Reed

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2014 book

Kōmeitō: Religion and Politics in Japan

Berkeley, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Ed(s): G. Ehrhardt, A. Klein, L. McLaughlin & S. Reed

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2013 magazine article

Reconnecting with Everyday Life: Buddhism through Simple Gestures in the Café de Monk

McLaughlin, L. (2013, July). Dharma World, 40, 22–25.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2013 chapter

Sōka Gakkai

In D. Bromley (Ed.), World Religions & Spirituality Project. https://wrldrels.org/2016/10/08/soka-gakkai/

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): D. Bromley

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2013 journal article

What Have Religious Groups Done After 3.11? Part 1: A Brief Survey of Religious Mobilization after the Great East Japan Earthquake Disasters

Religion Compass, 7(8), 294–308.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2013 journal article

What Have Religious Groups Done After 3.11? Part 2: From Religious Mobilization to “Spiritual Care”

What Have Religious Groups Done After 3.11? Part 2: From Religious Mobilization to “Spiritual Care.” Religion Compass, 7(8), 309–325.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2012 journal article

Did Aum change everything? What Soka Gakkai before, during, and after the Aum Shinrikyo Affair tells us about the Persistent "Otherness" of new religions in Japan

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 39(1), 51–75.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: August 6, 2018

2012 chapter

Sōka Gakkai in Japan

In I. Prohl & J. Nelson (Eds.), Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions (pp. 269–307).

By: L. McLaughlin

Ed(s): I. Prohl & J. Nelson

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2011 journal article

In the Wake of the Tsunami: Religious Responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake*

CrossCurrents, 61(3), 290–297.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2011 book review

Neither Monk nor Layman: Clerical Marriage in Modern Japanese Buddhism

[Review of Neither Monk nor Layman: Clerical Marriage in Modern Japanese Buddhism, by R. M. Jaffe]. Pacific Affairs, 84(4), 765–766.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2011 chapter

SGI-USA no kokujin myūjishantachi = African-American Musicians in SGI-USA

In Shūkyō to gendai ga wakaru hon 2011 (pp. 168–173). Tokyo: Heibonsha.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2011 magazine article

Tokyo Governor Says Tsunami is Divine Punishment – Religious Groups Ignore Him

McLaughlin, L. (2011, March 17). Religion Dispatches. http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/politics/4399/tokyo_governor_says_tsunami_is_divine_punishment%E2%80%94religious_groups_ignore_him

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2010 journal article

All Research is Fieldwork: A Practical Introduction to Studying in Japan as a Foreign Researcher

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 8(30), 3388. http://japanfocus.org/-Levi-McLaughlin/3388/article.html

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2010 book review

Prophet Motive: Deguchi Onisaburō, Oomoto, and the Rise of New Religions in Imperial Japan - By Nancy K. Stalker

[Review of Prophet Motive: Deguchi Onisaburō, Oomoto, and the Rise of New Religions in Imperial Japan, by N. K. Stalker]. Religious Studies Review, 36(3), 247–247.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2010 book review

When Tengu Talk: Hirata Atsutane's Ethnography of the Other World - By Wilburn Hansen

[Review of When Tengu Talk: Hirata Atsutane's Ethnography of the Other World, by W. Hansen]. Religious Studies Review, 36(3), 244–245.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: September 30, 2022

2004 journal article

Shinkō to ongaku no yūwa o mitomete: watashi no deatta sōka gakkai ōkesutora = Toward a Harmonization of Religious Practice and Music: My Encounter with a Soka Gakkai Orchestra

Sekai, 182–189.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2004 journal article

Sōka gakkai no bunka katsudō: Nihon bukkyōkei shinshūkyō ni okeru bunkateki rinen no jun’ō to hensen = Sōka Gakkai’s Cultural Activities: The Adaptation and Transformation of Culture in a Buddhist-based Japanese New Religion

Kokugakuin Daigaku Nihon Bunka Kenkyūshohō, 10–11.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2003 journal article

Faith and Practice: Bringing Religion, Music and Beethoven to Life in Soka Gakkai

Social Science Japan Journal, 6(2), 161–179.

By: L. McLaughlin

Sources: Crossref, ORCID
Added: October 1, 2022

2003 journal article

Ibunkakan komyunikēshon no arikata = Means of Intercultural Communication

Kokugakuin Daigaku Nihon Bunka Kenkyūshohō, 12.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2002 journal article

Zen and Pure Land: An Important Aspect of D.T. Suzuki’s Interpretation of Buddhism

The Eastern Buddhist, XXXIV(2), 117–140.

By: L. McLaughlin & M. Takemura

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

2001 book

Long Journey to Japan

Tokyo, Japan: NHK Promotions.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

1994 book

Encyclopedia of Shinto

(English). Tokyo: Kobundo. Kokugakuin University, Institute for Japanese Culture and Classics.

By: L. McLaughlin

Source: NC State University Libraries
Added: October 15, 2022

Employment

2012 - present

North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, US
Associate Professor Philosophy and Religious Studies

Education

2004 - 2009

Princeton University Princeton, NJ, US
Ph.D. Religion

1996 - 1998

University of Toronto Toronto, CA
M.A. East Asian Studies

University of Toronto Toronto, CA
B.A. East Asian Studies

Funding History

Funding history based on the linked ORCID record.

grant July 1, 2018 - June 1, 2019
Luce / ACLS Fellowship in Journalism, Religion & International Affairs
Luce / ACLS