Victoria Montrose

Victoria Montrose

Assistant Professor

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Tori Montrose is a scholar of modern religion specializing in Buddhism and Japanese religions. Her current research looks at the modernization of Buddhist education in Japan. Specifically, she examines the founding of Buddhist universities from the nineteenth century to the present day. In this work she focuses on changes to Buddhist clerical identity. In both her teaching and research, she is interested in the ways in which modernizing and globalizing forces intersect and interact with traditional religious groups. Tori’s work has been published in the journal Japanese Religions, and in the edited volumes, Brill Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements (Brill, 2018) and Methods in Buddhist Studies (Bloomsbury, 2019). She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Southern California, a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.


  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., Graduate Theological Union
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

Research Interests

Buddhism, East Asian religions, history of higher education, Buddhist education, new religious movements, sociology of religion, Buddhism and modernity

Representative Publications

  • 2019 Montrose, Victoria Rose. "Making the Modern Priest: The Otani Denomination’s Proto-University and Debates about Clerical Education in the Early Meiji Period." In Methods in Buddhist Studies, edited by Scott A. Mitchell and Natalie E.F. Quli. London: Bloomsbury.
  • 2018 Montrose, Victoria Rose. “Shinnyo-en.” In Brill Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements, edited by Lukas Pokorny and Franz Winter. Leiden: Brill, 144-160.
  • 2014 Montrose, Victoria Rose. “Floating Prayer: Localization, Globalization, and Tradition in the Shinnyo-en Hawaii Lantern Floating.” Journal of Religion in Japan 3, no. 2-3, 177-197.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright IIE Student Research Fellowship
  • 2015-16 Japan Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship (declined)
  • 2014-15 Blakemore Freeman Fellowship for Advanced Japanese Language Study