About

Jolyon Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a PhD from Princeton University, an MA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a BA from Grinnell College. His first book, Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan, was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2012. His second book, provisionally titled Japan, the American Occupation, and the Problem of Religious Freedom, is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in March 2019. With the generous support of a Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership/Social Science Research Council Abe Fellowship, he is now working on a third book, tentatively titled The Problematic Subject of Religious Education: Debates over Morality, Patriotism, and Security in Postwar Japan and the United States. Details about these and other projects, including fun videos, can be found on his personal site.

Currently on the geography faculty at Penn State University, Kimberley [Weersing] Thomas will soon be joining the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University as an assistant professor. She applies her training as a human-environment geographer and biological oceanographer toward research and teaching about the socio-political drivers of environmental change at multiple scales. In addition to teaching courses on resource governance and environmental politics, she conducts research on transboundary water governance and climate change adaptation in South and Southeast Asia. Her work on water politics and international development in the Ganges and Mekong Deltas examines resource conflicts, human vulnerability to environmental hazards, land-use change, and power dynamics between state and non-state actors. Feel free to browse her site, or click here to view her CV.