John LoBreglio

Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies

School of Education, Humanities and Languages

John LoBreglio


John LoBreglio has taught courses on various aspects of Japanese religious history at Dōshisha University in Kyoto, the Antioch College Buddhist Studies Program, Kyoto, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and the British Museum's Postgraduate Diploma Course in Asian Arts. He has also taught Japanese language (Unseen Translation and Reading Japanese Texts) at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University. John has an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has completed doctoral coursework both there and at Kyoto University.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Advanced Japanese Reading and Translation
  • Japan: Myth and Reality
  • Introduction to Japanese Society
  • Japanese Religions
  • Making of Modern Japan
  • Essential Japanology


John LoBreglio's doctoral research examines the doctrinal, ritual and institutional modernisation of Sōtō Zen Buddhism during the Meiji period (1868-1911) and considers the implications that these changes have for the Buddhist institutions in contemporary Japan.

He is also interested in the study of Japanese religions from pre-history to the present, East Asian Buddhism generally, and methodological issues in the study of religion.

Centres and institutes



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Professional information


Key public talks include:

  • February 2016, 'Early 20th c. Japanese Buddhist Perceptions of Western Imperialism and Why they Matter’, Europe Japan Research Centre (EJRC), Oxford Brookes University.
  • September 2015, 'Japanese Buddhist Perceptions of Western Imperialism', British Association of Japanese Studies (BAJS) Annual Conference, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 
  • July 2015, ‘Japanese Buddhist Perspectives on the Paris Peace Conference and Early Twentieth-Century Imperialism’, Ōtani University, Kyoto, Japan, Department of Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Letters, ‘Public Talks’ Series. October 2013 'Japanese Buddhists and Twentieth-Century Imperialism,' Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies.