Matthew Hayes is a PhD candidate in Buddhist Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA. He received his B.A. (2006) in Religious Studies from the University of Oregon, where he returned for his M.A. (2012) in Asian Studies. His research broadly engages early modern Japanese ritual practice at the intersections of ideology, knowledge production, patronage, and social formation. His dissertation examines the pedagogical and performative transmission of religious knowledge through a Shingon ceremonial lecture (kōshiki) delivered at the Kyoto temple Chishakuin. This project took shape through long-term research conducted in Tokyo, where he was a 2016–2018 Visiting Researcher at Taisho University and 2016–2017 Research Fellow at Waseda University.