Outer Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, India
We are excited to announce that Professor John Nelson will assume the position of Academic Director of MAPS (Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies) as of August 11, 2014. Professor Nelson comes to MAPS with a wealth of valuable administrative experience and leadership in Asia Pacific Studies along with an impressive teaching and research record.
John Nelson is Professor of East Asian religions in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He served as Chair of his home department from 2010-2012, and as interim executive director for the USF Center for the Pacific Rim for eight months in 2012. He was appointed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences to develop a major in Asian Studies which began in 2004 and continues to this day (currently directed by Prof. Taymiya Zaman). Professor Nelson has received extended research fellowships from the Japan Foundation, as well as the Social Science Research Council, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Niwano Foundation.
As a cultural anthropologist, Professor Nelson’s research and publications explore the interaction between religion and politics in East Asia, with a current emphasis on global dynamics and rapid social change.
To better understand these issues, he spent seven months traveling through Japan, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Turkey, Greece and Germany during his 2013-2014 sabbatical year.