Dr Louella Matsunaga

PhD, M.A, BSc(hons)

Research Associate

School of Law and Social Sciences

Louella Matsunaga


Unpaid affiliate (research associate)


I currently conduct research on globalisation, ritual, and embodiment in Shin Buddhism. I have previously conducted research on gender relations in the workplace in Japan; Japanese new religions; understandings of "unnatural death" and attitudes to the body in the context of autopsy and death investigation in Japan and England; and the anthropology of branding.

Centres and institutes


  • Exploring Global Jodo Shinshu Through Ritual Practice: Histories, Transformations and Localisations


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

Royal Anthropological Institute, Association of Social Anthropologists, British Association of Japanese Studies, Japan Anthropology Workshop