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James Carter Dobbins (1949–   ) is an American academic, Japanologist and professor of religion and East Asian studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.[1]

Early lifeEdit

In 1971, Dobbins was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree at Rhodes College. He earned a Master of Arts at Yale University in 1976; and was granted a Ph.D. at Yale in 1984.[2]


Dobbins is the James H Fairchild Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin.[2]

Selected worksEdit

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about James Dobbins, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 8 works in 20+ publications in 3 languages and 700+ library holdings.[3]

  • The Emergence of Orthodoxy: a Historical Study of Heresy in the Early Jōdo Shinshū (1984)
  • From Inspiration to Institution: The Rise of Sectarian Identity in Jōdo shinshū (1986)
  • Jōdo Shinshū: Shin Buddhism in Medieval Japan (1989)
  • 恵信尼の書簡: 仏教に生きた中世の女性 (1989)
  • The Legacy of Kuroda Toshio (1996)
  • Letters of the Nun Eshinni: Images of Pure Land Buddhism in Medieval Japan (2004)
  • "Women's Birth in Pure Land as Women: Intimations from the Letters of Eshinni," The Eastern Buddhist, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Spring 1995), pp. 108-22.
  • "The Biography of Shinran: Apotheosis of a Japanese Buddhist Visionary," History of Religions, Vol. 30, No. 2 (November 1990), pp. 179-96.
  • "From Inspiration to Institution: The Rise of Sectarian Identity in Jodo Shinsho," Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Autumn 1986), pp. 330–43.


  1. ^ Library of Congress authority file, James C. Carter, n87-848271
  2. ^ a b Oberlin College, faculty bio
  3. ^ WorldCat Identities Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine: Dobbins, James C. 1949-