Executive Committee

  • William Marotti, Director, Associate Professor, History, UC Los Angeles
  • Noriko Aso, Associate Professor, History, UC Santa Cruz
  • Gregory P. Levine, Associate Professor, Art History, UC Berkeley
  • Margherita Long, Associate Professor of East Asian Language and Literatures, UC Irvine
  • Kate McDonald, Assistant Professor, History, UC Santa Barbara
  • Anne McKnight, Visiting Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, UCLA
  • Jordan A. Yamaji Smith, Assistant Professor, Comparative World Literature and Culture, CSULB
  • Bert Winther-Tamaki, Associate Professor, Art History & Visual Studies, UC Irvine
  • Miriam Wattles, Founder, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara

Cal State University Long Beach

The Ohio State University

Graduate Students:

  • Alice T. Phan

UC Davis

  • Kyu Kim, Associate Professor of History
  • Joseph Sorensen, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

UC Berkeley

  • Junko Habu, Associate Professor of Anthropology (Archaeology)
  • Gregory P. Levine, Associate Professor of the History of Art
  • Daniel O’Neill, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures (Literature)
  • Miryam Sas, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature/ Film Studies
  • Alan Tansman, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures (Literature)

Graduate Students:

UC Merced

  • ShiPu Wang, Assistant Professor of Soc. Sci, Humanities, and Arts (Art History)
  • Ken Yoshida, Assistant Professor in the Global Arts Studies Program

UC Santa Cruz

UC Santa Barbara

Graduate Students:

  • Julianne P. Gavino is a doctoral student in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Her research interests include Post-WWII American Art, Public Art and Public Spaces, and Asian American visual culture.
  • Travis Seifman (tseifman@umail.ucsb.edu) is a doctoral student in the Department of History.

UC Los Angeles

  • Torquil Duthie, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures (Literature)
  • Chris Hanscom, Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • Sharon Hayashi, Visiting Scholar (Associate Professor, York University, Toronto, CA))
  • Katsuya Hirano, Associate Professor of History
  • Seiji Lippit, Associate Professor of ALC (Literature)
  • William Marotti, Associate Professor of History
  • Michael Marra [In Memorium], Professor of Japanese Literature and Hermeneutics, ALC
  • Donald McCallum, Professor of Art History [In Memorium]
  • Anne McKnight, Visiting Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature
  • Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, Professor of Theatre

Graduate Students:

  • John Leisure, History
  • Kevin Richardson, History
  • Toulouse-Antonin Roy, History
  • Ken Shima, ALC
  • Tatiana Sulovska, History
  • Wakako Suzuki, Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Mariko Takano, Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Sarah Walsh, History

UC Riverside

  • John Kim, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature (German and Japanese)
  • Kelly Jeong , Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Korean
  • Setsu Shigematsu, Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
  • Annmaria Shimabuku, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature (Japanese)
  • James Tobias, Associate Professor of English.
  • Ayano Ginoza, Lecturer in Japanese film and literature (2011-2012).

Graduate Students:

  • Paul Cheng is a Ph.D candidate in English. His areas of study include Asian American literature and film and his dissertation will explore the phenomenon of a “Transpacific Action Cinema,” tracing the movements of capital, populations, ideas and culture across the Pacific Rim and its complex relationship with visual culture.
  • Anne Chang, MA candidate. Interests: in Chinese Literature and Japanese popular culture.
  • Birgit Geipel, Ph. D. Candidate in Comparative Literature. Interests: in German and Korean Literatures of participation and division, theories of migration, biopolitics, cosmopolitanism, East Asian Movement.
  • Jae Hyung Ahn, Ph.D. Candidate, English Department. Interests: American literature, Japanese literature.
  • Regina Yung Lee (ryung001@ucr.edu) works in English, French, Mandarin,
    Science Studies, and Feminist Theory.

UC Irvine

  • William Bridges, Assistant Professor, in East Asian Language and Literatures
  • Susan B. Klein, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, East Asian Language and Literature
  • Margherita Long, Associate Professor of East Asian Language and Literatures, UC Irvine
  • Julie Rousseau, Program in Nursing Science
  • Serk Bae Suh, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Literature School of Humanities
  • Anne Walthall, Professor of History
  • Bert Winther-Tamaki, Associate Professor of Art History & Visual Studies

Graduate Students:

  • Ben Aaron, Visual Studies, researching the painter Kazuki Yazuo (1911-1974)
  • Vanessa Baker, Japanese and Korean literature
  • Michelle Cho
  • Hyonhui Choe is writing a dissertation on Korean literary criticism during the colonial period.
  • Matthew Chudnow, classical Japanese theater, especially noh
  • Kim Icreverci is is a graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on Japanese body genre cinema with particular interests in erotics (after Audre Lorde), affect, and the politics and experience of spectatorship.
  • Christina Spiker, Visual Studies. Christina Spiker’s current work focuses on Meiji-period photography.

UC San Diego

Graduate Students:

  • Matt Davidson, History
  • Gabrielle Chang
  • Stephen Mandiberg
  • Paul W. Ricketts

University of Chicago

Graduate Students:

  • Zhiyan Yang, Art History

University of Southern California

Graduate Students:

  • Carolyn Lee, East Asian Studies
  • Kathryn Page-Lippsmeyer, East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Annie Manion, Critical Studies

University of Washington, Seattle

Board of Advisors

  • John Clark, Australian Research Council, Director, Austalian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology
  • Sharon Daniel, Professor, Film and Digital Media Department and Digital Arts and New Media MFA program, UCSC
  • Adrian Favell, Chair in Sociology and Social Theory, University of Leeds; Professorial Academic Associate, UEA. Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
  • Christine Guth, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Michio Hayashi, Professor, Sophia University
  • Shigemi Inaga, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto
  • J Thomas Rimer, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
  • Yoshiko Shimada, Artist and Researcher.
  • Toshio Watanabe, Director, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN), University of the Arts London

JAG Alumni:

  • Emi Foulk Bushelle, UCLA (History), 2016. Interests in Early Modern and Modern Japanese Intellectual and Cultural History, especially Kokugaku. Now Assistant Professor, Western Washington State, Dept. of History.
  • Jane Correia, UCR (Comparative Literature), 2011. Her research interests include the socio-political situations in France and Japan in the second half of the 19th century as well as post WWII.
  • Rosemary Candelario, UCLA (World Arts and Cultures), with interests in the globalization of butoh and the choreography of Eiko and Koma. Now Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University, Dept. of Dance.
  • Timothy Unverzagt Goddard, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, focuses on Japanese, Chinese, and Korean literature, thought, and Buddhism. Now Assistant Professor, Japanese Languages, Modern Arts and Culture, University of Hong Kong.
  • William Huber, UCSD. Now Head of Centre of Excellence, Division of Games and Arts, Abertay University, Scotland.
  • Nobuko Anan, UCLA (Department of Theater and Performance Studies). She is working on contemporary Japanese women’s performance from the perspectives of gender/sexuality studies and pop culture studies. Now Lecturer in Japanese Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, Dept. of Media and Cultural Studies.
  • Franz Prichard, UCLA (Asian Languages and Cultures), working on practices of critical urbanism and cultural politics. Dissertation: “Ruined Maps: The Urban Revolution in Japanese Fiction, Documentary, and Photography of the 1960s and 1970s,” 2011. As of Fall 2013, Prichard is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University.
  • Yuka Kanno UCI received her Ph.D. from the Visual Studies Department. Her research interests include queer film criticism, feminist theory,discourses on the actress, and Japanese queer visual culture.
  • Noritaka Minami, UCI. Studio Art. Noritaka Minami is photographing and researching the current state of Metabolist monuments of the 1970s. He is currently working as an artist in Los Angeles applying the medium of photography as a means of investigating history and memory associated with sites.
  • Gabriel Ritter, UCLA Art History. Now Curator and Head of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art.
  • Jordan A. Yamaji Smith, UCLA (Comparative Literature). Research interests include contemporary Japanese literature in transnational context, cross-exoticism, translation/interpretation, Japanese comedy/humor, kimono, hip hop studies. Authors of special interest include Oe Kenzaburo, Kirino Natsuo, Suzuki Takayuki, and Takahashi Genichiro. Now Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Cal State Long Beach.
  • Namiko Kunimoto, UCB, received her Ph. D in modern and contemporary Japanese art history. Her dissertation focuses on Tanaka Atsuko and Shiraga Kazuo, both members of the Gutai Art Association. Now Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Art History Department.
  • Ken Yoshida, UCI (Visual Studies), completed his dissertation, “Between Matter and Ecology: Art in Postwar Japan and the Question of Totality (1954–1975)” in 2011. Now Assistant Professor and JAG member, Global Arts Studies Program, UC Merced.