Jolyon Thomas is an Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses on Japanese religion, pop culture, and history. His research covers the politics of religious freedom; religion and material and visual culture; religion and education; religion and capitalism; and religion, sexuality, and gender. His first book, Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan, is available from University of Hawaii Press. His second book, Japan, the American Occupation, and the Problem of Religious Freedom, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press Class 200 series. Jolyon is also an editor of the Asian Traditions section of the Marginalia Review of Books and a regular contributor at Sacred Matters.