On March 30, the Duke University Libraries shared the wonderful news that Dr. Matthew Hayes has accepted an appointment as the Librarian for Japanese Studies for Duke University Libraries. He succeeds Dr. Kristina Troost, the inaugural Japanese Studies Librarian at Duke, who retired at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Hayes will be joining the university community on August 2, 2021.
As an educator and researcher, Dr. Hayes is enthusiastic about contributing to the scholarly growth of students and faculty in Asian Studies. He brings comprehensive training in East Asian languages and religious cultures, archival preservation, cataloging, and metadata collection of rare Japanese texts, with specialization in Buddhist texts. He has worked on two archival collections: the Toganoo Shōun 栂尾祥雲 Collection at UCLA, and the Buddhist Church of America Archive at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Hayes joins Duke from UCLA and Occidental College, where he has been an instructor for courses on Buddhist history, Zen narrative, and Japanese ritual. He holds the following degrees:
- Ph.D. UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, 2020) Dissertation: “Faith, Devotion, and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge: Ritual Learning and Kōshiki Performance in Early Modern Japan”
- M.A. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Asian Studies, 2009)
- B.A. University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Department of Religious Studies, 2006