Kristina Buhrman

Assistant Professor of Religion
Dr. Kristina Buhrman

Contact Information

History and Ethnography of Religions
Office Location
107B Dodd Hall
Office Hours

By appointment


FSU Buddhist Studies

Kristina Buhrman (PhD, University of Southern California) is a historian of Japanese religions, specializing in the pre-modern period (before 1600). Her research investigates how individuals saw and articulated their understanding of their place in the universe, and how this influenced their actions, particularly to ensure safety. In particular, Kristina has focused on Onmyōdō (an evolving collection of ritual and divinatory techniques that emerged in tenth century Japan) and Sukuyōdō (a form of horoscope astrology associated with Buddhist monks). Her book manuscript, The Rule of Time, focuses on the astronomical, cosmological, and political forces that shaped debates about the calendar in Japan's seventh through twelfth centuries. These interests have lead to publications and collaborations in the history of science in East Asia. She has also recently begun a long-term research project examining disasters, kuyō, and memorialization in early-modern Buddhism.

Kristina Buhrman has taught courses on Japanese religion, Buddhism, religion and science and technology, Shinto and politics, folk religion (minzoku shinkō) and popular culture. She has also supervised independent research in Japan by FSU undergraduate students, and welcomes contacts from interested students.

Research Interests

  • Religion and science in East Asia
  • Time and cosmology
  • Fate and divination
  • Esoteric Buddhisms
  • Shinto
  • Historiography and theory


Fall 2022
  • REL3160: Religion & Science
  • REL3351: Japanese Religions
Spring 2022
  • REL3171: Samurai Ethics
  • REL4304/RLG5305: Religion & Disaster