Jane Marie Law received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, and her M.A.
and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago, where her work in history of religions focused on Japanese ritual
performance and ritual studies. She has spent over five years in Japan conducting field research.
Over the last several years, she has been working on a monograph on Buddhist monasticism in the United States.
She has also served on the board of directors for Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca, New York,
the North American seat of the personal monastery of Holiness the Dalai Lama. In her scholarship and teaching, she is
concerned with fusing activism with scholarship,and social responsibility with teaching as a vocation. In the last
several years she has been involved in projects to bring scholars working on issues of religion and human rights
together with social activists and educators working on these issues. In the fall of 2000, she was co-director with
Rev. Janet Shortall and Dr. Anke Wessels of a conference entitled "Religion and Human Rights: Ideology, the Rhetoric
of Hate and the Languages of Reconciliation".