Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Religious Studies (2006 - 2011)
Professor Richard Jaffe is a pioneer in the study of Japanese Buddhism from the Meiji period through the end of World War II (roughly 1868-1945). Professor Jaffe has an enviable grasp not only of modern and classical Japanese but also of classical Chinese and other Asian languages. A highly regarded teacher, Professor Jaffe has inaugurated a variety of courses in Buddhism and related topics. His students recognize him as an authority in his field but also as a caring and approachable person.