Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell is a scholar of Buddhism in the West, Pure Land Buddhism, and Buddhist modernism. He is currently the Dean of the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. Scott has written or co-edited a number of books, journal articles, essays, and other things; presents his research at academic conferences, college classrooms, and wherever else people invite him to speak; serves on a number of academic and editorial committees including the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Global Buddhism, the University of Hawai’i Press, among others; and was a co-host of the DharmaRealm podcast. He is also a father and a husband, enjoys science fiction and playing with Legos, and occasionally plays drums for a rock band.

Curriculum Vitae Updated July 2022.

Contact: scott@shin-ibs.edu.

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