Japanese language, literature and culture
Designated Emphasis Candidate, Women, Gender & Sexuality Program, 1997-2003
M.A., Japanese University of California, Berkeley
The Chiasmatic Turn: Narrative Desire in Kanai Mieko’s Early Fiction
Alan Tansman (Director); Daniel O’Neill, Carolyn Porter
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (1991-2) Yokohama, Japan (administered by Stanford University)
M.A., English University of California, Berkeley (May 1991) ‘Live Burial’ in an American Gothic Mode: Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Carolyn Porter (Director); Barbara Christian, Dorothy Hale
My research can be broadly divided into two areas: (1) 19th-20th century American and English literature, and (2) Modern and contemporary Japanese language, literature, and culture. Studies in global modernism and transnational exchanges bring these two fields together. Related research interests include feminist, postcolonial, and critical theory; the multi-ethnic literatures of the US, particularly African-American literature; the American South; Gothic literature; visual texts, arts, and culture.
Japanese literature; language pedagogy
I am a current MA student at the University of Chicago in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. I completed by thesis in 2018, and am continuing my Japanese language education. My thesis discussed censorship and gendered supernatural bodies in early Meiji period Japanese prints, and the influence of globalization and modernization had on the perception of such images. My interests include folklore, censorship in art, print history, Japan studies, and material culture studies. I have served on a student curatorial committee at the University of Chicago, contributing two labels to a small exhibit on the prints of Felix Buhot. Currently I am interning at the Cincinnati Art Museum as a Photography Conservation and Curation Intern. My main projects are working with Meiji period ambrotypes, and cyanotypes from the William Howard Taft diplomatic mission to Asia in 1905.
2. The Archeological Picture Record of Asuka (5), Japan: Cultural Heritage Section of Asuka-Mura Education Committee and Asuka-Mura Tourism Development Foundation, 2011. (chief translator)
3. Multilingual Hong Kong: Language and Experience. Japan: V2 Solution, 2012. (co-author)
4. “Nihon no gengoseisaku to gengoshiyo (Japanese Language Policy and Language Use)”, Hokutoajia no kotoba to shakai (Languages and Society in Northeast Asia), Japan: University Education Press, 2013.
5. The Ninth International Symposium on Japanese Language Education and Japanese Studies: Interactivity: Praxis and Possibilities. Japan: KoKo Shuppan, 2014. (co-editor)
I teach modern Japanese literature and film at the University of Southern California. I was previously Assistant Professor of Japanese at The Ohio State University and had visiting appointments at Boston University and the University of Notre Dame. I was the East Asian Studies-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University between 2009-12.
I’m a Ph.D. candidate in specializing in Japanese sociolinguistics at The Ohio State University. My research is concerned with the perception and production of fictionalized speech styles, and the relationship that these styles have with characterological figures in popular media.
Specialties: English, Linguistics, ESL Teaching Research Interests: neurolinguistics, origin, evolution, acquisition, and processing of language, phonetics, phonology, semantics, semiotics, iconicity, phonosemantics, linguistic typology, comparative linguistics, cognitive linguistics, embodied cognition, natural language processing