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Jolyon B. Thomas
|List Affiliations:||Review Editor for H-Shukyo
|Interests:||Asian History / Studies
East Asian History / Studies
Japanese History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Jolyon Baraka Thomas is a PhD candidate in Religion at Princeton University. His research focuses on Japanese religions in the modern period, with particular interest in religion and media and the relationships between religion, law, and the state. Thomas has published articles and book chapters on religious aspects of the culture surrounding manga and anime. His book, Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan, is available from University of Hawai‘i Press. His doctoral dissertation, "Japan's Preoccupation with Religious Freedom," examines the implementation of the concept of religious freedom in Japan during the time that the Meiji Constitution was in effect (1890–1947). It focuses on how domestic ecumenical groups influenced religion-state relations and includes a transnational component that examines the role religious freedom played in Japan's interactions with the United States.