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Brett Esaki

Assistant Professor    Director of Graduate Studies    

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
M.A., University of South Carolina, 2006


Religion and Race, Artistic Experience, Spirituality


Dr. Esaki is an interdisciplinary scholar of the religions and arts of American ethnic minorities. He researches the intersection of race, sexuality, and politics as well as the interaction and hybridization of religion among Asian Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, and White Americans. His current projects include: researching the presence of spirituality and religious “nones” among Asian Americans; an article on using theories of silence to study religion; and a book manuscript tentatively titled Enfolding Silence: The Transformation of Japanese American Religion and Art under Oppression. His publications include “Multidimensional Silence, Spirituality, and the Japanese American Art of Gardening” in the Journal of Asian American Studies, and “Embodied Performance of Folklore in Japanese American Origami” in Amerasia Journal.