Kaitlyn Ugoretz

Area:
Shinto, History of Religion in Japan, Online Religious Communities
Email:
kugoretz@umail.ucsb.edu

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 international Shinto organizations and communities. My research focuses on the intersection of rhetorics of nationalism, ethnicity, and environmentalism. I am also 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: “Script in the Margins: Representations of Women in 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

  • “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

  • Summer 2017: Academic Intern, Japanese Instruction, Keio Academy of New York Summer Program

Awards

  • 2017: Phi Beta Kappa Thesis Prize
  • 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