Helen Hardacre

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Helen Hardacre (1949-   ) is an American academic and Japanologist. At Harvard University, she is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society.

Hardacre is the daughter of British historian Paul H. Hardacre;[1] and like her father, Hardacre would be awarded a Gugghenheim fellowship.[2]


She was Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies from 1995 through 1998.[3] Her interests include Japanese society and religion and the ramifications of potential constitutional amendments on the future of religion in Japan.[4]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Helen Hardacre, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 30+ works in 80+ publications in 3 languages and 5,000+ library holdings[5]

  • Lay Buddhism in Contemporary Japan : Reiyūkai Kyōdan (1983)
  • The Religion of Japan's Korean Minority : the Preservation of Ethnic Identity (1984)
  • Kurozumikyō and the New Religions of Japan (1985)
  • Maitreya, the Future Buddha (1988)
  • Marketing the Menacing Fetus in Japan (1988)
  • Shintō and the State, 1868-1988 (1989)
  • Asian Visions of Authority Religion and the Modern States of East and Southeast Asia (1994)
  • New Directions in the Study of Meiji Japan (1997)
  • The Postwar Development of Japanese Studies in the United States (1998)
  • Religion and Society in Nineteenth-Century Japan: a Study of the Southern Kantō Region, using late Edo and early Meiji Gazetteers (2002)