Welcome

Illustration from my new book, Embracing Uncertainty: Future Jazz, That 13th Century Buddhist Monk, and the Invention of Cultures

I’m an author and professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Program in Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas at Austin.  On this site, you will find links to my research related to Japan and to the ethics and culture of space exploration. You also will find information about my work as a jazz drummer and my role as host of the Science, Technology, and Society podcast channel on the New Books Network.

Please take a look at my author page for books scheduled to be published soon that are intended for general readers. My first mystery novel, The Blood of Gutoku, will be published by Balestier Press in the autumn of 2021 and my strange mix of philosophy, anthropology, and personal memoir, Embracing Uncertainty: Future Jazz, That 13th Century Buddhist Monk, and the Invention of Cultures, will be published by Sumeru Press in the summer of 2021.

I hope you enjoy the site.