Department of English Language & Literature
1-25 Midorigaoka Chōfu-shi 〒 182-8525 JAPAN
Scholar/researcher of Japanese literature, film and culture with experience including fundraising, team management, research, writing and fieldwork in nonprofit, think tank, and academic settings
- Recognized scholar in modern Japanese literature, film, history and popular culture
- Winner of 2013 national award for scholarship on film by Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). (Abstract here; Project MUSE link here; see description here.)
- Eight years residence in Japan with work experience in academic, think tank, and publishing environments
- Fluent in Japanese; conversant in spoken French, excellent reading abilities
- Regularly consult on Japanese lit, film, history and subculture for media including Vice, NTV (日テレ), NPR
- Published author of academic book about Japanese writer, Nakagami Kenji
- Published articles in various newspapers and journals, including a regular column on Japanese cinema for the Asahi Evening News
- Translated articles and essays from Japanese to English for publications on art, design, new media and films
- Successfully wrote dozens of grants since 2001 raising funds for research, teaching and art exhibitions from US, Japanese and Québecois governments and public and private universities and foundations
- Administered grants in architecture and design for Massachusetts state government
- Organized speakers, conferences and programming on Japanese film, history and current events, linking worlds of art and academia with local communities
- Led professional training of graduate students in East Asian studies in competitive research setting
- Built honors program to train 10 students in research skills and to enter top graduate programs; every student received full funding
- Researched archives in Japan including popular, scholarly, public and government sources
- Developed undergraduate and graduate curricula comparing Japanese and American literature, film, food, and cultural history
- Received multiple teaching awards for innovative course development
Lecturer, Graduate School of Language and Society (言語社会研究科), Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi, Japan 2015—. Courses on methods for studying world literature; eco-cinema.
Publisher, Expanded Editions Press. Publish, edit and translate Japanese fiction from the twentieth century, including authors Yoshiya Nobuko (editor), Hirabayashi Hatsunosuke (translator).
Founder and core member, LA Green Grounds, Los Angeles, CA 2010-2013
– Worked with other members to plan and build gardens in low-income neighborhoods of South Los Angeles
– Taught local residents hands-on workshops in garden skills and maintenance
– Wrote action plans for volunteers including needs assessments, scheduling and logistics
– Built relationships with policy makers and other nonprofit organizations with similar missions
Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures & Visiting Scholar, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA, 2011-2014
Visiting Assistant Professor, “Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles–History and Practice,” Healthy Campus Initiative, UCLA, 2013 and 2014
– Designed, developed and taught popular course to biology (2014) and environmental studies (2013) majors on the history of “urban agriculture” in LA, with fieldwork component (local gardening and food justice organizations) and extensive garden lab (designing, growing edible gardens)
Assistant Professor East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA 2006-2011
– Designed, developed and taught popular courses on Japanese literature, pop culture and food history to groups of 10 to 150 undergraduates and graduates
– Oversaw and advised independent student research, examination preparation and dissertations; served on 13 PhD committees
– Supervised training of teaching assistants
– Conceived and developed honors program in East Asian Languages and Cultures
– Managed USC community garden and train undergrads in gardening, with emphasis on edible plants and Asian vegetables
– Reviewed and evaluated manuscripts for publication in major academic journals and for major academic publishers
Expert/Consultant and Public Outreach Representative
Los Angeles, CA 2006-2014
– Made public presentations on Japanese history and popular culture to groups of up to 150 people
– Gave interviews to organizations and media including National Public Radio (NPR), Hollywood dailies, Angeleno Magazine, The New Yorker, Spike TV, and the Beverly Hills School District
– Evaluated manuscripts for major academic publishers and funding agencies
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2001-06
PhD in Comparative Literature, emphasis in Japanese and American Literature, UC Berkeley, 2001
Researcher in modern Japanese literature, Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan, 1996-99
Intensive Language Training Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Training, Stanford University, Yokohama, Japan, 1994-1995
BA in English (magna cum laude), Wellesley College, 1988
Master Gardener Program, University of California Extension, certificate 2011
Nakagami, Japan: Buraku and the Writing of Ethnicity (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, March 2011). Monograph on postwar Japanese writer Nakagami Kenji, his re-connection of literature and ethnography through the lens of hisabetsu buraku [former outcast] identity in the context of twentieth-century literature and ideas about race, ethnicity and identity in the Japan, the US and Korea. Reviewed positively in Choice and Monumenta Nipponica (link here and file here).
SCHOLARLY EDITING and PUBLISHING
• Dossier of translations and critical essays on the writer TSUSHIMA Yūko. Co-edited with Michael Bourdaghs. Forthcoming on line, spring 2018.
• Edited and published “Yellow Rose,” translated by Sarah Frederick, with scholarly introduction, Expanded Editions Press, 2017.
SCHOLARLY ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS SINCE 2010
• “Militant Cheer: Obscenity and Modularity in Rokudenashiko’s Media Activism.” Book chapter in Media Theory in Japan, eds. Marc Steinberg and Alex Zahlten (Durham: Duke UP, 2017), 250~281.
• “Future-oriented Blackness in Shōwa Robot Culture—1924 to 1963,” chapter in Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production: Two Haiku and a Microphone, anthology of critical articles on blackness in Japan, edited by Will Bridges and Nina Cornyetz (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015), 141~165.
• “The Wages of Affluence: The High-Rise Housewife in Japanese Sex Films,” in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture and Media Studies 27:1 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012), 1-29. Abstract here. Project MUSE link here. * This article won Honorable Mention (runner-up, essentially) for the Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award, for best academic essay on film published in 2012, awarded by the professional film/media studies organization, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) in March 2013; see description here.
• “French-ness and Transformations in Subculture in Japan, 1972-2004,” in Mechademia 5: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010), 118-137. Project MUSE link here.
CONFERENCE PAPERS & INVITED LECTURES SINCE 2010
• Invited workshop participant, “Mystery Meat: Detective Stories and Food Systems in Millennial Japan,” at Asia Theories Networks International Workshop: Global and Singular Asias, Theory and Practice, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, October 13-16, 2017.
• Invited lecture, “Rokudenashiko and Feminist Maker Culture,” to Sociology of gender class, Meiji University (明治大学), Tokyo, Japan, May 9, 2017
• Roundtable on contemporary media studies in Japan celebrating the launch of the Media Theory in Japan book. Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago IL, March 24, 2017.
• Roundtable on food studies in Japan (focus on food justice), Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, ON, Canada, March 18, 2017.
• “Writing a Dissertation Prospectus,” workshop for grad students in Department of Modern Languages and Culture, Tsukuba University, 筑波大学、現代語•現代文化専攻、人文社会科学研究科、2016年11月13日．
• “Uses and Abuses of Acoustic Worlds in The Cove,” panel on eco-criticism and acoustics, Fifth International Symposium on Literature and Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA), Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea. November 5, 2016.
• “On Silent Spring and the Humanities,” invited lecture, School of Human and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto Japan. (講演は英語、Q-and-Aは日本語で）, June 23, 2016.
• “Rokudenashiko, Art and Infrastructure in Contemporary Japan,” paper for workshop at Modern/Contemporary Japan Study Group, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 21, 2016
• “The Metabolic Narrator,” paper at Literatures of Development workshop, American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 19, 2016
• “Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles and Urban America” and “Urban Agriculture in LA: Case Studies,” Department of Social Horticulture (社会園芸), Keisen University, Tama-shi, Tokyo, December 1 and December 8, 2015 (講演は日本語で)
• “Nakagami Kenji and/in/as World Literature,” part of symposium on Buraku Issues in the 21st Century, ICU, Tokyo, October 31, 2015
• 「エコ批評家としての中上健次」, part of 環境人文学オムニバス lecture series, Shirayuri College, Chōfu-shi, Tokyo, October 28, 2015
• Research session on feminist media theory & craft histories, “Crafting Life in East Asia” workshop, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, June 25-27, 2015
• Militant Cheer: Rokudenashiko’s Use of Cute in the Anti-obscenity Movement, AAS (Association for Asian Studies) in Asia, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, June 22, 2015
• “In the Tenor of a Robot: How to Write New Words for New Worlds,” talk at “Itinerant Tongues: The Glorious Noise of Literature in Translation,” Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University, January 10, 2015
• “Reconnecting to Nature through Food,” talk at Environmental Humanities Working Group, Shirayuri College, September 21, 2014
• “Robot Ethnographies: Race and Blackness in Colonial Science Fictions,” at symposium “Between African Americans and Japanese: Traveling Texts,” New York University, October 4, 2013
• “Beyond the Simulacrum: Japanese Literature’s Use of Visual Culture since the 1990s,” Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota, December 12, 2012; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley, December 4, 2012
• “The Medium and the Message: Black Characters and Texts in the Bystander Novel, 1960s-1980s,” in panel “Reading between the (Color) Lines: African American-Japanese Literary Exchange as Productions of World Literature,” Association for Asian Studies annual meeting, Toronto, March 17, 2012
• “From Palace to Classroom: Fukuzawa Yukichi and Meiji Education,” invited talk, History Department, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, March 14, 2012
• “Masumura Yasuzō and Popular Cultures of Postwar Japan,” invited talk, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA, March 14, 2012
• “Nakagami Kenji and Korea,” invited talk, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, November 22, 2011
• “The 38th Parallax: Nakagami Kenji Writes Home from Korea,” invited talk, panel of Wellesley alums in Japanese studies, New England conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, October 18, 2011. Workshop with students on futures available with a degree in Japanese studies
• “On Food Politics,” invited panel, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, USC, February 3, 2011
• “Thirty Years of Subculture and ‘Frenchness’ in Japanese Girls Culture–From Rose of Versailles to Shimotsuma monogatari,” Center for Visual Cultures, University of Wisconsin, Madison, December 8, 2010
• “Rice Riots and Bok Choy Fingers: Mapping the Taishō Foodscape,” at “Performing Politics in Japan and Modern East Asia,” UC-system Japan Arts and Globalization (JAG) working group, UCLA, December 4, 2010
• “How to DIY: Fictions of the First Person in Heisei-Era Japan,” in Theories of Violence conference, UC-system Japan Arts and Globalization (JAG) working group, UC Riverside, May 16, 2010
• “Nakagami Kenji and Subculture,” Colloquium in Japanese Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, March 12, 2010
OTHER INVITED WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS SINCE 2010
• Commentator, ASCJ (Asian Studies Conference in Japan), panel “Idol Apocalypse: Media Environments and the Body in Contemporary Japan,” Rikkyō University, Tokyo, July 9, 2017
•Commentator, ASCJ (Asian Studies Conference in Japan), I.C.U. (International Christian University), Mitaka/Tokyo, panel “After Digital Humanities: Urban Cartographies of Modern Japan,” July 3, 2016
• Discussant on contemporary fiction panel, Osaka University Projects for Promoting International Research Cultural and Humanities Joint Laboratory, Osaka University (Minoh campus), August 3, 2015
• Commentator, ASCJ (Asian Studies Conference in Japan), Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, panel on Mizuki Shigeru, June 20, 2015
• Workshop for California high school teachers on Japanese popular culture, East Asia since 1800, USC-China Institute, July 31, 2014
• Commentator, panel on social movements and eco-criticism, Forests, Waters, and Cities: Approaches to the Environment in Japan and Global Contexts, Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, USC, March 9, 2013
• Chair, panel on Histories of Early Cinema, Media, and Cultural Theory, conference on Media Histories / Media Theories & East Asia, UC Berkeley, February 7-8, 2013
• Guest teacher, class on Japanese music, “Sounds of the Future, from Godzilla to YMO,” Department of Music/Ethnomusicology, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, November 22, 2011
• Discussant, scholars’ roundtable, “Asian Horror Cinema and Beyond” conference, UC Berkeley, Center for Japanese Studies, October 8, 2011
• Commentator, panel on Korean Cinema, Korean Popular Culture conference, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, UC Irvine, May 27, 2011
Review of Dan O’Neill, The Firecracker Boys: H-Bombs, Inupiat Eskimos, and the Roots of the Environmental Movement, in ASLE-Japan Newsletter No. 43 (2017年)、会誌『文学と環境』第20号 55~57頁。
French to English
Didier Bigo. “Globalized-in-Security: The Field and the Ban-Opticon.” Traces: Multilingual Journal of Cultural Theory and Translation. Ed. Naoki Sakai and Jon Solomon. Vol. 4. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2005. 109-55.
Japanese to English
Aaron Gerow. “Documentarists of Japan, #14: Kawase Naomi.” Documentary Box 14 (2000).
Maruyama Tokuji. “Violence and Communication in the History and Context of Minamata Disease.” Review of Japanese Culture and Society XI-XII (1999-2000): 79-99.
Hirata Yumi. “The Story of the Woman, the Woman in the Story.” Gender and Japanese History. Eds. Wakita Haruko, Anne Bouchy and Ueno Chizuko. Vol. 2. Osaka: Osaka daigaku shuppan-kyoku, 1999. 221-52.
Kurosawa Ariko. “Modern Japanese Literature and the ‘Rivalry between the Sexes’.” Gender and Japanese History. Eds. Wakita Haruko, Anne Bouchy and Ueno Chizuko. Vol. 2. Osaka: Osaka daigaku shuppan-kyoku, 1999. 253-80.
MAJOR GRANTS SINCE 2001
• 2010 Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, travel grant to Japan to research Taishō vitalism and the history of food security in modern Japan. $3000.
• 2010 Editorial Board, Association for Asian Studies, book subvention for publication of monograph Nakagami, Japan, $2650.
• 2010 Subvention for book publication, USC, College of Arts & Letters. $2500.
• 2005 SSRC / Japan Society for the Promotion of Science post-doctoral fellowship. Funded eight months of archival research and interviews in Japan toward revision of manuscript “Fighting Words: Nakagami Kenji and the Ethnography of Japanese Modern Literature.” $37,000 CAD.
• 2005 Japan Foundation, Canada. Local Conference Grant for conference on Japanese experimental film and video 1955-present. $6,000 CAD.
• 2004 Japan Foundation, Canada. Short-term research fellowship for research in Japan for manuscript revision. $8000 CAD.
• 2003 FQRSC (Fonds québecois de la recherche sur la société et la culture). For project titled «Les inventions de la communication: les cultures de l’information à l’ère de la croissance économique accéléree au Japon, 1955-1990». $55,000 CAD ($15,000 for each of three years and $10,000 for equipment).
• 2002 SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), Canada. Internal research grant, awarded by McGill University, for project titled “The Inventions of Communication: Aesthetics of High-Speed Economic Growth in Japan, 1955-1980.” $5000 CAD.
• 2002 Fellowship for NEH summer institute on modernity and Japan, National Endowment for the Humanities (Washington DC).
CONFERENCES & SCREENINGS ORGANIZED
• Common Grains screening series of films by Suzuki Seijun and Ogawa Shinsuke with accompanying lectures, sponsored by Cool Japan program/Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Shinmei Rice, Atwater Crossing, Los Angeles, February 3 and 4, 2012
• “Rethinking Postwar Japan: Article 9, the Courts and the Self-Defense Forces”: Colloquium with Sabine Frühstuck (Cultural Studies, UCSB) and Frank Upham (Law, NYU). Center for International Studies and Center for East Asian Studies, USC. April 11, 2008
• “JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film, 1955-now.” Three days of experimental film screenings accompanied by international conference. Funded by the Japan Foundation of Canada. McGill University and Concordia University, Montréal, PQ. January 6-8, 2005
• “Kinema Club 4—Cinemas of Excess,” conference on genre cinema in Japan. McGill University. October 8-9, 2004
“Nakagami Kenji.” The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature. Ed. Joshua S. Mostow. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. 239-41.
“Imamura Shōhei,” “Noise Music,” “Pink Films,” “Shibuya-kei,” “Terayama Shûji.” Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture. Ed. Sandra Buckley. London; New York: Routledge, 2002. 209-10, 363-64, 391, 451 and 518.
SELECTED MEDIA & COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS
• Expert interview/media consultant for radio, TV and print venues including NPR, The New Yorker, Spike TV, and The Oregonian
• Faculty Advisor, UCLA community garden, 2011-2014
• Manager, USC community garden, 2010-2011
• Consultant, Beverly Hills Unified School District, January 2009—. Design and implement curriculum for advanced independent study student on Japanese popular culture and its representations of history
• “Cosplay: Anime Fans Transform into Their Favorite Characters.” 2008. Craft (4): 54-55
• “Re-Thinking the Japanese Nouvelle Vague” (Given in Japanese). Part of screenings of rare new wave films. Athénée Français, Tokyo. June 2005
• Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley, “Film After Subculture—An Aesthetic of Self-Sufficiency,” catalog essay for film series “neo-eiga,” on new Japanese film. (Berkeley: Pacific Film Archive, 2004)
• “Peep ‘TV’ Show.” Midnight Eye (http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/peeptvshow.shtml), on-line journal on Japanese cinema. September 2004
TEACHING (US and CANADA)
I. Courses regularly taught:
• Inventing the Japanese Novel: 400-level seminar for advanced undergrads. Survey of Meiji and Taishô-era literature, introducing styles of fiction-writing in 19th and early 20th century Japan, in the context of both close readings of texts and debates about fiction and nationalism, realism, naturalism, and mass culture. (At USC, this course is known as “Japanese Fiction”)
Variation 1:–A second version of the class is more synoptic, from Meiji to the Heisei era.
Variation 2:–Another version of the class, “the novel and the critic,” reads fiction-writers in the context of their writings on poetics.
• Feminism in Japan: 400-level 25-person class about conceptions of gender, feminism and women’s movements in modern Japan. Emphasis varies, from women’s writing, to woman and media in the 90s, to connections between women’s movements and writing.
• Mass culture in postwar Japan: 300-level that takes a “culture industry” (e.g. cinema) or a topic (e.g. crime fiction, war and memory) to work through debates about the relation between culture and representation in a particular domain in the context of postwar history.
II. New courses proposed or taught
A. at UCLA 2010—2014
• Environmental Studies 188A: Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles: in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Healthy Campus Initiative. This course contextualizes the recent flourishing of urban agriculture—specifically, gardening—in the LA area, and shows how urban gardening and its related activities (homesteading, urban agriculture, cottage food production, new kinds of ‘foodies,’ etc.) pose challenges to existing models of agriculture based exclusively in rural areas. Includes historical component and introductions to guest speakers and local organizations as well as a hands-on lab in the student-run community garden at UCLA.
• Fiat Lux 100: Growing the Angeleno Foodscape: a one-unit course for first-year students taught in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Healthy Campus Initiative. Introduces students to past and current issues in urban gardening in LA through readings, a hands-on garden lab, and site visits to local gardens. Students will leave the class with resources for deepening their literacy about growing food, food justice, health, and urban geography, and will acquire new ways of engaging with local food cultures as eaters, food buyers, blog-readers, and—perhaps, over time—as producers.
• Japanese Cinema and the Star System: an upper-division film studies course that introduces major genres and modes of Japanese cinema while situating film in the context of different industrial models. These include the Hollywood studio system, Japanese “vernacular modern cinema,” and varieties of independent production. Special focus is given to the shifting roles and powers of stardom vis-à-vis the studio system, the press and media, and trans-national aesthetic, political and social movements.
B. at USC 2006—2011
• ARLT 100g: Modernology: Words, Images and Things in Modern Japan: Topic–food and gardens. Writing-intensive course that takes issues of Japanese food in literature and public policy in Japan and California as its focus. Course includes hands-on lab in USC community garden with California Master Gardener, guest speakers from LA-based food-related art collectives and direct services organizations.
• ARLT 100g: Modernology: reading, writing, looking and collecting in twentieth-century Japan. Writing-intensive course using multi-media authoring alongside analytical writing, focusing on fieldwork and texts used to study twentieth-century Tokyo.
• EALC 494a/b: Honors thesis. A two-semester course designed to navigate the student through the process of planning, researching, writing and revising an independent research project, in conjunction with a faculty supervisor.
• EALC 460: Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature. Joint undergrad/grad class on modern representations of sexuality, romance and love, with a focus on women’s writings, modes of expression and connections to social movements (Seitō, socialism, anarchism, war).
• EALC 505: Introduction to East Asian Languages and Cultures. Semester pro-seminar introducing new graduate students to research in the disciplines in EALC, from archival work to publication and presentation. Facilitates and different stages of research, introduces ideas of defining a field and a discipline, collaboration, working with a supervisor, communicating and writing.
• EALC 543 (*special topic): Japanese Literary Criticism. Close reading of arguments and debates in examples of historical (postwar debates on subjectivity, feminism, competing visions of naturalism, lit and writing about empire/travel) and current (e.g. Karatani, Kamei, Maeda) literary critical essays and scholarship. Emphasis is also placed on reciprocal relations between aesthetics in writing and visual art in the Meiji period (taught 2007).
C. at McGill 2001-2006
• EAST 370: History of Sexuality in Japan: survey class for undergrads; on ideas about modern sex-gender systems in Japan vis-à-vis particular conceptions of “modern” and “history” (e.g. distinction from premodern sexualities, population control and eugenics, nomenclatures of modern love and sexuality, civilization and “development” as ideologies, sex work, “comfort women”).
• EAST 4XX: Honours colloquium: year-long seminar course for honours students writing theses in EAS. Regular meetings organized around deadlines (proposal, annotated bibliography, draft, final draft) introduce students to basic research, writing and presentation techniques for developing their projects and communicating their ideas to other people.
III. Other courses taught, 2001-2006 at McGill
• EAST 212: Introduction to Japanese Culture. A 150-person survey of Japanese culture, focused on the relation between aesthetics and different modes of governance (e.g. Nō and bakufu patronage, Kurosawa Akira and postwar democracy).
• EAST 362: Japanese Cinema. A 25-person survey of film analysis and major cinematic movements, with a focus on postwar Japan (in a comparative context).
• EAST 366: Survey of Japanese Literature (*new topic). Fiction and economic growth: a 25-person, course surveying major texts and modes (Meiji autobiography, Taishô imperial literature, postwar critiques of white-collar culture, the film Tokyo Olympiad, and the novel of information culture) while introducing debates about proletariat literature, liberalism, national cinema and national literatures, and Marxist interpretation.
• EAST 547: Advanced Reading and Translation in Japanese (*special topic: nativism as postwar ‘other’). Seminar consisting of reading and interpretation of original-language fiction (e.g. works by Ôe Kenzaburō, Tsushima Yūko, Nakagami Kenji).
• EAST 466: Feminism and Japan. Survey of modern women’s movements and debates on literary representation. In 2002, course topic was women and “new” media in modern Japan; in 2005, topic was women’s literature and social movements.
• EAST 515: Beyond Orientalism. Advanced undergrad and grad course on major nodes of area studies criticism and scholarship: Said, Orientalism and his critics; Marxism and the national question; feminism; globalization.
• EAST 564: Structures of Modernity (topic varies, e.g. youth and bildung in modern literature, “bodies and cities”). Advanced undergrad and grad class on some aspect of critical theory or genre theory in relation to close reading of fiction.
Exam, thesis and dissertation committees, USC 2006-11
Lindsay Nelson, PhD 2012, Comparative Literature. Current: Lecturer, Department of Global Communications, Tokyo University)
Nate Heneghan, PhD 2015, EALC. Current: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Language and Cultures, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Kate Page-Lippsmeyer, EALC, PhD 2016 in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Riverside
PhD committee member:
Genevieve Yue, PhD 2012, Critical Studies, School of Cinema. Current: Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, New School of Social Research, New York
Younjung Oh, PhD 2012, Art History
Hyong Shin Kim, PhD 2012, EALC
Hyunjung Cho, PhD 2011, Art History; tenure-track position at KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Kenneth Provencher, ABD 2010, Critical Studies, School of Cinema
Annie Manion, ABD 2009, Critical Studies, School of Cinema
Emi Mukai, ABD 2008, Linguistics
Ben Uchiyama, ABD 2008, History
Rika Hiro, Art History
Hyong Shin Kim, EALC
Mitsuo Maeda, MA, History, 2007
Jiwon Ahn, PhD 2007, Cinema/Critical Studies
Sally Kim, MA, EALC, 2007
Thesis and dissertation committees, 2005-7, McGill
Supervised: Jennifer Ricard, completed MA thesis, Department of East Asian Studies, 2005
External: John Ramlochand, PhD dissertation defense, Japanese film, Department of Art History and Communications, 2006
Daniel Ho, completed MA thesis, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill, 2006
Karl Bazzocchi, MA thesis, outside reviewer, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill, 2007
PhD exams: Rositsa Mutafchieva, Department of East Asian Studies, 2006
Christophe Thouny, Department of East Asian Studies, 2005
• Supervised McNair scholar project on globalization of hip-hop dancing between Tokyo and Los Angeles, 2008
• Supervised undergraduate research fellow on project historicizing ideas of “subculture” in Tokyo, using Japanese archives, 2008
Teaching innovations and awards
• Modernology class: used IML workshops for multimedia assignment
• Designed research project in Tokyo archives for EALC/IR major Joe Henderer as RSA (Research Study Abroad) project (Spring 2008)
• Modernology class: used field trips and curator lectures to explore local Japan-related exhibitions in local museums, 2007 (JANM, LAMOCA)
• Completed intensive 40-hour workshop on course design, Center for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning, McGill University, December 2005
• 2011 Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, for East Asian fellowship competition
• 2010- Executive committee, JAG (Japan Arts and Globalization)-Mellon working group of modern Japan scholars from California
• 2010-, reviewer for Journal of Japanese Studies, manuscripts on contemporary literature and technology
• 2006-present, reviewer for Mosaic: a journal for the comparative study of literature (University of Manitoba), focusing on literature vis-à-vis new media
• 2004-present, reviewer for Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (Duke University Press), focusing on women’s literature and gender/sexuality issues in Japan.
Service—committees and departmental work, USC 2006-11
• UG advisor, Comparative Literature, 2010-11
• Japan History Search Committee, EALC/History 2009-10
• UG advisor and curriculum coordinator, EALC, 2007-8
• Graduate Studies committee, COLT, 2007-8
• Evaluation committee, EASC FLAS grants, 2007
• Evaluation committee, EASC AEC grants, 2007
• Selection committee, study abroad to Japan, 2007
• China search committee, EALC, 2006-7
• Department third-year review committee, EALC, 2006-7
• Curriculum committee, College, 2006