Suma Ikeuchi joined REL in the Fall of 2016, the same year she received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She also holds an M.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and a B.A. from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. Other than Japanese (which is her native language) and fluent English, she also speaks fluent Portuguese–a language she acquired for the sake of her research.
Dr. Ikeuchi’s work examines the intersection of transnational migration and the globalization of religion through a case study of Brazilian Pentecostal migrants in Japan. Her primary areas of interest include identity formation, nationalism, the self, Global Christianity, Japanese religions, and ethnographic methods.
She also employs visual methods in her work; her recent ethnographic film was selected for screening at a film festival.
Currently, Dr. Ikeuchi is working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Japanese Blood, Brazilian Birth, and Transnational God: Return Migration and Global Pentecostalism among Nikkei Brazilian Migrants in Japan. It analyzes why some Brazilians of recent Japanese descent, who have migrated back to their ancestral homeland, convert to Latin American Pentecostalism once they are in Japan.
Learn more about Prof. Ikeuchi
Watch her first interview with the REL film crew.
Among the courses that Prof. Ikeuchi teaches are
REL 105 Honors Intro to the Study of Religion
REL 373 Religion and the Formation of National Identity
REL 419 Myth, Ritual, Magic