Dr. Jane Naomi Iwamura, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Chair of the Religious Studies Department
Vice Chair of Academic Senate
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Jane Naomi Iwamura is Associate Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies department at the University of the West.
Dr. Iwamura's research focuses on Asian American religions, race and popular culture in the United States (with an emphasis on visual culture). Her publications include Virtual Orientalism: Religion and Popular Culture in the U.S. (Oxford 2011) and the co-edited volume, Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America (Routledge 2003). She has also written on Japanese American lived religions, as well as the intersection of religion and Asian American literary production.
Dr. Iwamura currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and as an Advisor to the Pacific Asian North American and Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM). She co-founded the Asian Pacific American Religions Research Initiative (APARRI) – a national scholarly network advancing the interdisciplinary study of Asian Pacific Americans and their religions. She has also received numerous awards for her teaching and mentoring.
In 2013, Dr. Iwamura received the UWest Outstanding Faculty Member Award.