Levi McLaughlin is Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009 after previous study at the University of Tokyo, and he holds a B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a research assistant at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo and was a visiting research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa. Articles and book chapters by Levi appear in English and Japanese in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, Religion Compass, Seka, the Social Science Japan Journal, and other publications. Levi is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Sōka Gakkai: Buddhism and Romantic Heroism in Modern Japan, and he is co-editor of the collected volume Kōmeitō: Politics and Religion in Japan that is forthcoming from the University of California at Berkeley's East Asian Studies monograph series.