Or Porath is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. His research centers on Medieval Japanese religion and its conceptualization of sexual norms. He is especially interested in the figure of the acolyte (chigo/doji) and its role as an object of sexual longing, as well as the way in which the acolyte's image is contested and negotiated by medieval Buddho-Shinto doctrine, ritual, and narrative. Porath has published on the topic of Japanese Buddhism and sexuality, and he is currently working on an upcoming paper on monastic education that will be published in an edited volume entitled Child's Play: Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan, ed. Sabine Frühstück and Anne Walthall. Or Porath is currently a Japan-Foundation fellow at the Research Center for Cultural Heritage and Texts at Nagoya University, Japan.