Kaitlyn Ugoretz

Kaitlyn Ugoretz

Specialization: Shinto, History of Religion in Japan, Online Religious Communities

Office: HSSB 2214

Office Hours: Tues 10am-12pm
Office Hours Time Period: Spring 2019

Email:kugoretz@umail.ucsb.edu
Personal Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kaitlyn_Ugoretz

Research Interests

Kaitlyn specializes in contemporary Japanese religion, online sociality, popular culture, and new media studies. Her research focuses specifically on the globalization and digitization of Shinto. In her ethnographic study of online Shinto communities, she investigates what interests and media are involved in the production and reproduction of particular knowledges of Shinto.

You can learn more about Kaitlyn’s research at her personal website (www.ugoretzresearch.org) and her netnographic interactive research website (NIRWeb) (www.digitalshinto.com).

Advisors

Dr. Fabio Rambelli

Dr. ann-elise lewallen

Dr. Elizabeth Perez

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

  • “Domesticating Shinto: Materialities of Kami Worship Beyond Japan.” 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, “Myth, Management, and Materiality,” University of Pennsylvania, April 27, 2018.
  • “World-Wide Shinto: Inventing a Global, Digital Religious Community.” New York Conference on Asian Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology, September 22, 2018.
  • “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 2019: TA, “EACS 4B: East Asian Traditions–Modern”
  • Winter 2019: TA, “EACS 4A: East Asian Traditions–Premodern”
  • Fall 2018: TA, “JAPAN 17: Imagining the Samurai”
  • Spring 2018: TA, “EACS 4B: East Asian Traditions–Modern”
  • Winter 2018: Reader, “JAPAN 162: 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