Dr. James Mark Shields (1992)
The O’Brien Foundation recognizes the scholarly achievement of Fellows as they address a wide variety of issues both here at home and around the world. One such scholarly work is that of Dr. James Mark Shields who received an O’Brien Fellowship in 1992 and is currently Associate Professor of Comparative Humanities and Asian Thought at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
He has become a recognized authority of Buddhist and comparative ethics. James Mark is the author of the first book-length treatment designed to provide a critical and constructive analysis of Critical Buddhism, particularly as it relates to modern Japanese and Buddhist thought.
This work titled Critical Buddhism: Engaging with Modern Japanese Buddhist Thought was Published by Ashgate Press (UK) in 2011. It is interesting to note that this book is a heavily revised version of his doctoral dissertation for McGill University.
When James Mark received his O’Brien Fellowship he was accepted into the graduate program of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. In addition to a Master of Philosophy, he has a Master of Arts and a PhD; the latter two degrees are from McGill. He spent five years in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan studying Japanese and conducting research.
James Mark is currently in the process of writing a second book which is a “genealogy” of progressive and radical Buddhism in modern Japan.
His first book has a link on his biography cited in Where are they now? on the O’Brien Fellows website. www.ashgate.com