Bryan Lowe

Assistant Professor of Religion
Office Phone
233 Class of 1879 Hall
  • Ph.D. Princeton University, Department of Religion, 2012
  • M.A. Princeton University, Department of Religion, 2009
  • B.A. Middlebury College, Religion (Honors) and Japanese (High Honors), 2003

Bryan Lowe is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion. He specializes in Buddhism in ancient Japan (seventh through ninth centuries) and has broader research interests in ritual, manuscript studies, historiography, canons, and the religion of non-elites. Lowe’s first book, Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures in Ancient Japan (Kuroda Institute/University of Hawaii Press, 2017), received the John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association of Asian Studies. He is currently working on a new book that combines manuscript and archaeological evidence to consider the role of preaching and ritual in the spread of Buddhism to the Japanese provinces. He also helps edit an online Guide to Shōsōin Research. Lowe has received generous support for his research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright IIE, Japan Foundation, the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (Tokyo), and others. He taught at Vanderbilt University from 2012–2019 prior to coming to Princeton.