Kaitlyn Ugoretz is a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She received her MA and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in contemporary Japanese religion, online sociality, popular culture, and new media studies. Her research focuses specifically on the globalization of Shinto. In her study of online Shinto communities, she investigates what interests and media are involved in the production and reproduction of particular knowledges of Shinto.