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Drott Edward

NameDrott Edward
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Liberal Arts
Job titleAssociate Professor
DegreeM.A.(University of Pennsylvania), Ph.D(University of Pennsylvania)
Research funding number10749914
J-Global ID201501016491908602


My research explores the role of the body in religion and the role of religious ideology and practice in producing knowledge about the body. My recent publications have examined the ways in which religious ideas and practices helped shape perceptions of old age in early and medieval Japan. I have also published on the intersections of religious and medical knowledge in premodern Japan. I teach courses on the history of Buddhism, Japanese religions, and religion and the body.

Research Interests

Japanese Religions, Religion and the Body, Religion and Medicine

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Religious studies / 

Research History

Sep 2016
Sophia University Faculty of Liberal Arts Department of Liberal Arts Associate Professor of Japanese Religions 
Aug 2018
Mar 2020
International Research Center for Japanese Studies   
Sep 2014
Sep 2016
Sophia University Faculty of Liberal Arts Department of Liberal Arts Assistant Professor of Japanese Religions 
Aug 2009
Aug 2014
University of Missouri Dept. of Religious Studies  Assistant Professor 
Sep 2007
Jun 2009
Dartmouth College Religion Dept.  Lecturer 


Dec 2022
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), JSPS Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan,Buddhism and Wellbeing in Contemporary Japan
Edward R. Drott C. Pierce Salguero 
Jun 2022
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, FLA Special Research Budget Grant
Edward Drott 
Dec 2019
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan,Buddhism and Wellbeing in Contemporary Japan (award declined due to COVID travel restrictions)
Edward Drott Pierce Salguero 
Oct 2018
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, FLA Special Research Budget Grant
Edward Drott 
Oct 2016
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, FLA Special Research Budget Grant
Edward Drott 


Edward R. Drott   
Journal of Aging Studies   47 10-23   Dec 2018   [Refereed]
Edward R. Drott   
Religion Compass   9(1) 1-12   Jan 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
Edward R. Drott   
Journal of Religion in Japan   4(1) 1-31   2015   [Refereed]
In Nara and Heian-period Japan (710-1185), the aged body was commonly described in ways that suggest it was seen as a source of disgust, or even a potential producer of pollution (kegare), a form of defilement that carried important religious conn...
Edward R. Drott   
JAPANESE JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES   42(2) 275-317   2015   [Refereed]
Between 700 and 1000 ce, Japanese political elites engaged in a variety of practices dedicated to obtaining longevity. Although most of these had continental roots, Japanese courtiers selected and adapted methods to suit their particular social an...
Edward R. Drott   
JAPANESE JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES   37(2) 247-273   2010   [Refereed]
This article examines medical works aimed at nourishing life and promoting longevity composed or compiled by Buddhist priests in early medieval Japan, focusing on the Choseiryoyoho and the Kissayojoki. These texts provide an especially useful aper...


Edward R. Drott   
The Journal of Religion   99(4) 580-582   2019   [Invited]
Edward R. Drott   
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies   72(2) 402-407   Dec 2012   [Invited]
Edward R. Drott   
JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES   69(4) 1251-1253   Nov 2010   [Invited]

Books and Other Publications

Edward R. Drott(Part:Sole author, 20–45)
Brill   Aug 2023   (ISBN:9789004544925)
William R. LaFleur(Part:Edit)
Bloomsbury Academic   Dec 2022   (ISBN:9781350254992)
Drott Edward(Part:Others, 61-83)
Columbia University Press   2017   (ISBN:9780231179942)   
Drott Edward
University of Hawai`i Press   2016   (ISBN:9780824866860)   
Drott Edward(Part:Others, 272-293)
Takeda kagaku shinkō zaidan   2015      


Edward Drott   
"Bodies of Buddhism: Somaesthetic Explorations," Boca Raton Campus of Florida Atlantic University, the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture   28 Feb 2020   [Invited]
Edward Drott   
Imagining and Developing Images of the Body in Medicine, Art, and Folk Religion   1 Feb 2019   International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)   
Edward Drott   
International Workshop: The Burden of Superfluous Matters: Towards a Transcultural History of Bodily Wastes   1 Dec 2018   Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies   [Invited]
Edward Drott   
Eighth Annual Conference on Aging & Society   18 Sep 2018   

Professional Memberships

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
American Academy of Religion
Association for Asian Studies
Associate in Research, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University

Research Projects

Buddhism and Wellbeing in Contemporary Japan
JSPS Invitational Fellowships for Research in Japan: 
Edward R. Drott C. Pierce Salguero 
Project Year: Jul 2023 - Jul 2023

Academic Activities

Planning, etc・Panel, chair, etc・Academic research, planning
Edward R. Drott, Laura Specker Sullivan 20 May 2023 - 20 May 2023

Social Activities

 1 Apr 2023 - Today
Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) Jul 2019 - Today

Media Coverage

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review   Aug 2020   [Newspaper, magazine]
Neue Zürcher Zeitung   Jan 2016   [Newspaper, magazine]