Faculty News

Marie Anchordoguy, professor, Jackson School, was chair, session organizer, and panelist for a “Roundtable to Honor and Discuss the Ideas of Chalmers Johnson and His Impact on the Field of East Asian Studies” at the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in San Diego in March 2013. She spoke at the Asia Business Forum in Seattle in January, at the Association of Japanese Business Studies/Association for International Business conference in Istanbul in July, at the Inter-University Center’s 50th anniversary symposium in Palo Alto in September, at a workshop called “Japan Update: Business Opportunities for 2014 and Beyond” sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program, the UW Foster School of Business, the Japan Business Association, and the Japan-America Society in October, and was the keynote speaker for a day-long event at Hitachi’s Institute for Management Development in Tokyo in December. She continues to chair the Japan Studies Program and to be coeditor of The Journal of Japanese Studies.

Andrea Arai, lecturer, Jackson School, received an East Asia Center Course Development Grant for a new graduate seminar on Japan and Korea, titled “Spaces of Possibility,” which she will coteach in winter quarter 2014.  Arai is continuing her research project on this theme with fieldwork in Seoul and Tokyo through a NEAC Short-Term Research Travel Grant.  She organized a panel and presented her own paper on “Urban Sustainability and Back-to-the-Land Movements in Japan” at the 2013 Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in San Diego.  Her book manuscript, “Recessionary Effects: The Child Problem, Reconfiguring Education, and Alternative Futures in Japan,” is under review for publication.

Paul Atkins, associate professor, Asian Languages and Literature, received a 2013 summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete his second book, a study of the medieval Japanese poet Fujiwara no Teika.  He has been revising the manuscript for publication this fall thanks to a teaching release and travel grant provided by the UW Royalty Research Fund.

Davinder L. Bhowmik, associate professor, Asian Languages and Literature, is coeditor of a forthcoming volume titled Islands of Resistance: Japanese Literature from Okinawa (University of Hawai‘i Press).

Ted Mack, associate professor, Asian Languages and Literature, was selected to be a long-term Visiting Research Scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto and received a Japan Foundation Fellowship for Scholars and Researchers.  He has been in residence at the center since March 2013 and has been writing a manuscript on the Japanese-language literature of Brazil and editing the reproduction of Japanese-language textbooks produced in California between 1924 and 1939.  Those 16 volumes should come out in late 2013 or early 2014 from Bunsei Shoin.

Amy Snyder Ohta, associate professor, Asian Languages and Literature, presented papers in 2013 at the Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and at the Second Language Research Forum annual conference.  She recently published “Sociocultural Theory, the Zone of Proximal Development, and Second Language Development,” in Julia Herschensohn, ed., The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  Ohta continues to organize alumni talks for students and would like to hear from alums interested and available to give a talk or meet informally on campus with students.

Ken Tadashi Oshima, associate professor, Architecture, over the last 16 months has published a bilingual (English/Japanese) book and seven essays.  Four more peer-reviewed essays are forthcoming, along with  a coedited book titled Architecturalized Asia.  He has delivered 11 public lectures in the United States, Europe, and Japan; organized three symposia; and curated the major exhibition “Tectonic Visions Between Land and Sea: Works of Kiyonori Kikutake” at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  At the University of Washington, Oshima has focused on engaging global currents in contemporary architectural and urban practice with the curriculum and the UW/Seattle community.  His recent courses and studios such as Now Urbanism, Metabolic Seattle, and Japan Studio 2013 connect Seattle urbanism with both Asia and Europe and his research.

Robert Pekkanen, associate professor, Jackson School, is coeditor of Japan Decides 2012: The Japanese General Election (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), the first volume in a planned series (one volume after each House of Representatives election).  Also in 2013, he was coauthor of several articles: “When Do Interest Groups Contact Bureaucrats Rather than Politicians?” Japanese Journal of Political Science; “The Interview Methods Appendix,” in Layna Mosley, ed., Interview Methods in Political Science (Cornell University Press); and “Building a Party: Candidate Recruitment in the Democratic Party of Japan, 1996–2012,” in Kenji E. Kushida and Phillip Y. Lipscy, eds., Japan Under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance (Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center).

Saadia M. Pekkanen, Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor,  has a forthcoming edited volume entitled The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford University Press) and is finishing up a volume entitled Asian Designs: Rising Powers and the Shape of International Governance.

Michio Tsutsui, Donald E. Peterson Professor and director of the Technical Japanese Program, is coeditor of the recently published New Perspectives on Japanese Language Learning and Linguistics: The Classroom and Beyond (National Foreign Language Resource Center, 2013), a compilation of selected essays presented at the Association of Teachers of Japanese annual conference in 2011.