Faculty & Staff
|Ph.D in English w/ concentration in Postcolonial Literature and Theory, University of North Carolina at Greensboro|
M.A. in African American Literature/North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Teaching License in 9-12 Japanese
Phone: (336) 334-9757
Fax: (336) 334-5358
Research/ Teaching Interests
Modern Japanese Literature
Works of Haruki Murakami
Japan's modernization, westernization, and globalization
Translation Theory and Second Language Writing
I am a lecturer in Japanese and also serve as the director of the Japanese program. I have been teaching at UNCG since 2000 and have designed several courses; including, JNS 220 “Modern Japan,” JNS 230 “Women in Japanese Film and Literature,” and JNS 306 “Current Issues in Japan.”
My research and scholarship are interdisciplinary, involving the fields of cultural studies, literature, history, film, linguistics, and women’s and gender studies. I am currently focusing on the Japanese fiction writer Haruki Murakami’s engagement with Japan’s modernity and on the relationship between gendered nationalism and violence. I also have a strong background in translation theory and second language writing pedagogy.
I enjoy working with students and am actively involved with J-Club (Japanese Conversation Club) as its faculty advisor.
Selected Professional Achievements
“The Adventures of Doughnut Lovers: Reading Symbolism in Murakami Haruki’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and The Sheep Man Stories” (forthcoming in Japan Study Association Journal)
“The Sacrifice of Women to Uniformed Men: Imperial Japan’s Comfort Women Rape as the Nationalism Cult” in Nationalism, War, and Sacrifice: Dying for One’s Country (Library of Social Science). Forthcoming in 2013.