Kaitlyn Ugoretz

Area:
Shinto, History of Religion in Japan, Online Religious Communities
Office:
HSSB 2214
Office Hours:
Tues 2-4pm
Time Period: Spring 2018
Email:
kugoretz@umail.ucsb.edu
Personal Website:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kaitlyn_Ugoretz

Research Interests

I study the negotiation of authority over definitions of religion relating to Japan. Specifically, I am interested in interrogating historical definitions of Shinto as the “indigenous/native religion of Japan” and exploring global Shinto organizations and communities. My research focuses on the production and reproduction of knowledge, institutions, practice, and experience of “Shinto” as mediated by the digital and virtual. I am also more broadly interested in the ‘digitization’ of aspects of religious experience and online religious communities.

Advisor

Dr. Fabio Rambelli

Academic History

  • M.A. East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
    • Thesis: “Inscribing Femininity: Representations of Women in Early Premodern Chinese Orthography”
    • Advisor: Dr. Victor H. Mair
  • B.A. East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

Publications

  • “Chinese English: A Developing, Functional, and Legitimate World English Variety.” Sino-Platonic Papers 264 (2016): 123-140
  • “Who Cares for the Care Workers?: A Case Study of the Feminization of Foreign Workers in Japan.” Wharton Asia Review 7.2 (2016): 12-22.

Conference Papers

  • “Characterizing the ‘Barbarian’: Chinese Exonyms and Eurasian Relations.” 2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, “Bodies and Borders: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Excision in East Asia,” University of Pennsylvania, April 21-22, 2018.
  • “Interrogating Indigeneity: Defining the Boundaries of Participation in Shinto.” 26th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University, February 24, 2017.
  • “What is Indigeneity?: Questioning the Narrative Roots of Shinto.” What Isn’t Shinto? Symposium, University of Pennsylvania, September 24, 2016.
  • “The Heterodox Fox: Representations of Marginality in Feng Menglong’s Pingyao zhuan.” Undergraduate Conference on China, University of California Berkeley, September 17, 2016.
  • “Who Cares for the Care Workers?: A Case Study of the Feminization of Foreign Workers in Japan.”  Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium (GPASC) Undergraduate Research Conference, Ursinus College, April 14, 2016.

Teaching Experience

  • Spring 2018: TA, “EACS 4B: East Asian Traditions–Modern”
  • Winter 2018: Reader, “JPAN162: Representations of Sexuality in Modern Japan”
  • Summer 2017: Academic Intern, Japanese Instruction, Keio Academy of New York Summer Program
  • 2013-2017: Critical Writing TA, Center for Programs in Critical Writing, University of Pennsylvania

Awards

  • 2017: Phi Beta Kappa Thesis Prize, “Inscribing Femininity: Representations of Women in Early Premodern Chinese Orthography”
  • 2017: Dean’s Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2016: Adele Austin Ritter Undergraduate Paper Prize
  • 2016: Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium (GPASC) Undergraduate Conference Paper Prize
  • 2015: Fox Leadership International US-China PEACE Fellow
  • 2014: QuestBridge National College Match Finalist, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2011: National Security Language Initiative for Youth, China: Shanghai