She was Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies from 1995 through 1998. Her interests include Japanese society and religion and the ramifications of potential constitutional amendments on the future of religion in Japan.
- 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)
- "Retired Vanderbilt professor, Paul Hardacre, passes away," Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine. Vanderbilt Hustler, June 18, 2010.
- Guggenheim fellows, Paul H. Hardacre (1957), Helen Hardacre (2003) Archived 2011-06-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- RIJS, Director
- Japanese Studies Association of Australia (JSAA), 2005 Conference, keynote speaker bio notes Archived 2006-04-25 at the Wayback Machine.
- WorldCat Identities Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine.: Hardacre, Helen 1949-
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