Dr. MacWilliams is a Professor of Religious Studies. He teaches courses associated with Asian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in History of Religions at the University of Chicago, his M.A. in Religious Studies at Indiana University, and his B.A. at Syracuse University.
Dr. MacWilliams has conducted special research in Japanese religions; Buddhism; pilgrimage in Japan and cross-culturally; religion and film; religion and the internet; and religion in Japanese pop culture - comic books (manga) and anime.
Currently, Professor MacWilliams teaches courses on pilgrimage, new religious movements and religion and film.Dr. MacWilliams is on leave in Spring 2010 on a Fulbright grant to Japan. He is writing a book entitled Defining Shinto.