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Jack Traphagan

John W. Traphagan, Ph. D. is Professor of Religious Studies and Anthropology and Faculty Affiliate of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Traphagan received in Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburg in anthropology, holds an MAR degree from Yale Divinity School, and a BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. His postdoctoral research was conducted as a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan. He was also a Fulbright scholar to Japan.

Having become bored with traditional academic writing, he has recently started using his experience as an anthropologist to write for a general audience. The first example of this is his new anthropological memoir, Embracing Uncertainty: Future Jazz, That 13th Century Buddhist Monk, and the Invention of Cultures. Later in 2021, his first ethnographic mystery novel, The Blood of Gutoku, will be published.

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