Honors Faculty Fellow
Mark Dennis is Associate Professor of East Asian Religions at TCU, where he teaches courses in Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism, religion and violence, and world religious traditions. From 1987 to 1995 he lived in Japan and India where he studied Buddhism and Hinduism, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin in 2006, focusing on early Japanese Buddhism. He has a Ph.D. minor in Japanese literature with an emphasis on modern works. Before joining TCU’s Religion Department in 2007, he taught for four years at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
His teaching focuses on the study and application of theories of religion to modern events, such as the Mumbai attacks, the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and the Tibetan diaspora. He uses games, case studies, video production, and other alternative pedagogies in class to engage students in course material.
His research focuses on the reception history of Japanese Buddhist texts, looking particularly at notions of authorship, textuality, and canon. He co-edited a 2015 edited volume of essays on the modern Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo’s Silence with his colleague Dr. Darren Middleton with whom he is working on a second volume dedicated to Endo’s novel Deep River.
Dr. Dennis is an avid bicyclist and committed vegetarian.