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Shuma Iwai

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Assistant Professor
Race/Gender/Sexuality Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

World History, Asian History, Asian American Studies, Religion, Intercultural Studies, Race and Media

Current courses at UWL

ERS 100: Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Studies

ERS 220: Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Stereotypes in the Media

HIS 101: Global Origins of the Modern World

HIS 102: Global Transition and Change

HIS110: World History



Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison


Research and publishing

Selected Publications

"Race and Religion" in Bloomsburg Religion in North America (2021)

"Middle Asia,” Encyclopedia (EBR, 2019)

“Modernization of a Pilgrimage” (Translation). In Temple Solicitation, Pilgrimage, and Celebration. Vol. 6 of Religion and the Japanese, 209-242, edited by Shimazono Susumu, Takano Toshihiko, Hayashi Makoto, and Wakao Masaki. Tokyo: Shunjūsha, 2015.

“A Counter Culture of the 1980s: Ozaki Yutaka’s Songs,” Japan Studies Review 17 (2013): 69-90.

“Syncretism of Christian Samurai at the Kumamoto Band in Japan: Fulfillment of Confucianism in Christianity”. In Religions on the Move: New Dynamics of Religious Studies on Expansion in a Globalizing World. International Studies on Religion and Society Series, 113-132. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2012.