Department: Asian Languages & Cultures
Matthew Hayes received his BA (2006) in Religious Studies from the University of Oregon, where he returned for his MA (2012) in Asian Studies. He is broadly interested in the interplay between ritual practice and social change in Japan during the Tokugawa period, as well as intersections of Japanese religion and ideology, economy, and geography. He is currently exploring kōshiki (Buddhist ceremonial) texts with some of these issues in mind, and hopes to include facets of the kōshiki commentarial tradition in his future research. In his free time he enjoys expanding his music collection, cooking, and exploring Los Angeles.