Marie Anchordoguy is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and specializes in the political economy of Japan. She received her undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is focused primarily on the key institutions and policies of Japan’s capitalist system. Her book, Reprogramming Japan: The High Tech Crisis Under Communitarian Capitalism (Cornell University Press, 2005), was published in Japanese in 2011 as “Nihon Keizai no Sai-Sekkei: Kyodotai Shihon Shugi to Haiteku sangyo no mirai.” Anchordoguy is currently researching the political economy of entrepreneurship, venture capital, and high-tech start-ups in Japan. She has also published a number of chapters in books and articles in journals such as Business History Review, Research Policy, International Organization, and The Political Science Quarterly. She was Chair of the Japan Studies Program (2000-2007, 2012-2014) and co-editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies (2004-2014). Anchordoguy teaches an introductory course on contemporary Japan, and graduate and undergraduate courses on Japanese business and technology, Japan’s political economy, and science, technology and innovation in East Asia.

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Paul Atkins, associate professor of Japanese in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, specializes in classical/premodern Japanese literature and drama. Professor Atkins is author of Revealed Identity: The Noh Plays of Komparu Zenchiku (Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2006), the first comprehensive study of the nō plays of the fifteenth-century actor, playwright, and theoretician Komparu Zenchiku. He was awarded the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize in 2010 for his translation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s bunraku play “Hara-kiri of a Woman at Nagamachi” (Nagamachi onna-harakiri). Current research projects include a study of the courtier-poet Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241).

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Davinder L. Bhowmik is an associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. She received a Ph.D. in modern Japanese literature from the University of Washington in 1997. Her research focuses on questions of history, memory, and representation in atomic bomb fiction as well as issues of language, identity, and culture in Okinawan fiction. Her book, Writing Okinawa: Narrative Acts of Identity and Resistance (Routledge, 2008), traces the development of Okinawan literature through the tumultuous twentieth century, during which the island experienced imperial subjectification, wartime annihilation, a protracted Allied occupation, and reversion to Japan. Bhowmik is also author of “Subaltern Identity in Okinawa,” in Lee & Mason eds., Reading Colonial Japan (Stanford UP, 2012) and other works on modern Japanese literature. She teaches courses on modern Japanese literature and cinema.

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Donald C. Hellmann is a professor emeritus in the Jackson School of International Studies and the Department of Political Science and director of the Institute for International Policy (IIP). He received his undergraduate education at Princeton University and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Hellmann has been a member of the University of Washington faculty since 1967. Since 1994, he has been director of the University’s APEC Study Center and from 1994–2000 he served as chair of the US Consortium of APEC Study Centers. In these capacities, and using the Institute for International Policy (a university-wide unit of which he was the director), he took the lead in the creation of a region-wide consortium of universities and research centers devoted to cooperative research and practical initiatives regarding regional policy, technology, and development issues in the Pacific Rim. He is currently working on a book concerning integrating Asia into the global political economy. Hellmann has written or edited six major books on Asia and international relations and published more than sixty articles and monographs. His publications include Japanese Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy (University of California Press, 1969) and From APEC to Xanadu: The Pacific Challenge to the Global Political Economy, which he co-authored with Kenneth B. Pyle (M.E. Sharpe, 1998). Hellmann teaches courses on Japanese government and politics, and, U.S. foreign policy as well as the international relations of East Asia.


Akiko Iwata is a lecturer of Japanese language in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Iwata received her first M.A. in English as Second Language from the University of Minnesota in 2001 and her second M.A. in Japanese language pedagogy from Columbia University in 2002. Her research focuses on language acquisition, especially development of authentic materials for advanced-level learners. She has taught beginning to advanced-level Japanese language courses in the US and English language courses in Japanese junior and senior high school.

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Justin Jesty


Justin Jesty is assistant professor in Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington where he researches the relationship between visual arts and social movements in postwar Japan and teaches on Japanese film, modern literature, and post-1945 art. He recently completed an article on the realism debate in the arts in the late 1940s to be published later this year in Japan Forum. Other recent work includes an article on Hamaya Hiroshi’s photographic portrayal of the 1960 Anpo protests, included as a unit in MITs Visualizing Cultures website, and a book chapter on the Minamata documentaries of Tsuchimoto Noriaki.


Ted Mack is an associate professor of modern Japanese literature in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. He received his M.A. in modern Japanese literature from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Mack’s book, Manufacturing Modern Japanese Literature: Publishing, Prizes, and the Ascription of Literary Value (Duke University Press, 2010), focuses on the relationship between literature and the publishing industry. His latest project examines the role of literature in the Japanese diaspora, with a particular focus on Brazil and the production and consumption of literary texts from both Tokyo and São Paulo. Mack has done extensive research and published many articles on modern Japanese literature. His areas of interest include modern Japanese language prose, art in capitalist marketplaces, the flow of literary works throughout the larger Japanese linguistic community, the function of power in the literary field, and theories of diaspora and heterogeneity, particularly as they challenge culturalist concepts of national identity. He teaches courses and seminars in literature, film, and cultural history.

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Izumi Matsuda-Kiami, senior lecturer of Japanese language, received an M.A. in Japanese linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research focuses on Japanese language and pedagogy, especially in technology-enhanced language learning for intermediate to upper-level courses. Before coming to the University of Washington in 1996, she taught Japanese at Michigan State University and at Connecticut College. She has taught at all levels of Japanese language courses and is currently teaching third-year Japanese language.

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Itsuko Nishikawa is a senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. She received an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on Japanese language pedagogy, particularly in writing and assessment. She has taught beginner to advanced language levels both in the United States and in Japan. She has taught all all language levels at the University of Washington and is currently in charge of fourth-year Japanese.

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Amy Snyder Ohta is an associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Her research and teaching fields include applied linguistics, acquisition of Japanese as a second language, sociolinguistics, and bilingualism. She is part of the editorial team for the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley/Blackwell, 2012), as editor for the area Social, Dynamic, and Complexity Approaches to Applied Linguistics. Her chapter “Sociocultural Theory, the Zone of Proximal Development and Second Language Development” appears in the Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press, 2012). She co-edited the volume Japanese Applied Linguistics (Continuum, 2008), and authored Second Language Acquisition Processes in the Classroom: Learning Japanese (Lawrence Erlbaum/Routledge, 2001). Her research articles also appear in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Japanese Language & Literature, and Journal of Pragmatics. She holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Kaoru Ohta is a senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research is on Japanese linguistics, syntax, and morphology. Ohta’s key publications include “Kakari-musubi and Focus Structure,” in Akatsuka, Strauss, and Comrie, eds., Japanese/Korean Linguistics 10 (CSLI Publications, 2002); “Tense in the Subject Raising Construction,” in Sohn and Haig, eds., Japanese/Korean Linguistics (CSLI Publications, 1997); and “The Verbal Stem Form of Japanese,” Journal of Association of Teachers of Japanese (1995). His current research projects concentrate on semantics/pragmatic based analysis of Modern Japanese in-situ and its relation to Old Japanese interrogative constructions. Ohta teaches the following courses “The Japanese Language”, “Introduction to Japanese Linguistics” and 2nd year Japanese.

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Ken Tadashi Oshima is chair of UW Japan Studies and a professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches in the areas of trans-national architectural history, theory and design. He earned an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Studies and Visual & Environmental Studies from Harvard College, Masters of Architecture degree from University of California Berkeley, and Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from Columbia University. From 2003-5, he was a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in London and is currently 2nd Vice President of the Society of Architectural Historians. Oshima’s publications include GLOBAL ENDS – toward the beginning (Toto, 2012), International Architecture in Interwar Japan: Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku (U.W. Press, 2009) and Arata Isozaki (Phaidon, 2009) He is an author for the Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Home Delivery (2008), curator of the exhibition SANAA: Beyond Borders (Henry Art Gallery 2007-8), and co-curator of Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noémi Raymond. An editor and contributor to Architecture + Urbanism for more than ten years, he co-authored the two-volume special issue, Visions of the Real: Modern Houses in the 20th Century (2000). His articles on the international context of architecture and urbanism in Japan have been published in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Architectural Theory Review, Kenchiku Bunka, Japan Architect, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, and the AA Files.

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Robert J. Pekkanen is a professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington (as of September 2014). He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2002. His research interests lie in electoral systems, political parties and civil society. He has published articles in political science journals such as The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies, as well Asian studies journals including The Journal of Asian Studies and The Journal of Japanese Studies. He has published six books in English on American nonprofit advocacy, Japanese civil society, and Japanese elections and political parties, and there are translations or Japanese versions of three of his books. His first book, Japan’s Dual Civil Society: Members without Advocates (Stanford: 2006) captured the Masayoshi Ohira Prize in 2008 and won an award from the Japanese Nonprofit Research Association (JANPORA) in 2007.  The Japan Times also featured it as one of the “Best Asia Books” of 2006.  A Japanese translation appeared in 2008. Another book, The Rise and Fall of Japan’s LDP: Political Party Organizations as Historical Institutions, (Cornell: 2010; co-authored with Ellis S. Krauss), has earned praise in a wide range of reviews. A Japanese version is being prepared by a publisher in Japan. Pekkanen’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Recently, he has been co-PI on a project given major funding from the National Science Foundation to investigate how electoral systems shape politics from what type of people become candidates to who gets the plum committee assignments.

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Saadia M. Pekkanen is the Associate Director of the Jackson School, and also the Founding Director of the Jackson School Ph.D. Program. She is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law where she also teaches courses. Her graduate work includes a Master’s from Columbia University and Yale Law School, and a doctorate from Harvard University. Her areas of research interest include international relations and foreign policy, international law, space security and policy, and the international relations of Japan/Asia. In addition to several articles, she is the author of Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2003); Japan’s Aggressive Legalism: Law and Foreign Trade Politics Beyond the WTO (Stanford University Press, 2008); co-editor of Japan and China in the World Political Economy (Routledge, 2005); co-author of In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy (Stanford University Press, 2010); co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (forthcoming, Oxford University Press 2014); and editor of Asian Designs: Risen Powers and the Struggle for International Governance (under review). Her work has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the Abe Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She also takes a keen interest in helping shape the directions of doctoral education in international and area studies in the United States. She can be reached at smp1@uw.edu.


Kenneth B. Pyle is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies and founding president of the National Bureau of Asian Research. Pyle received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He was founding editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies in 1974 and continued to serve as its editor until 1986. He was director of the Jackson School from 1978 to 1988.  He was appointed by President Bush to serve as chairman of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission from 1991 to 1995. Pyle is the author and editor of numerous books on modern Japan and its history, including The New Generation in Meiji Japan (1969), The Trade Crisis: How Will Japan Respond? (1987), The Japanese Question: Power and Purpose in a New Era (1992), The Making of Modern Japan (1996), From APEC to Xanadu: Creating a Viable Community in the Post-Cold War Pacific (1997). Pyle’s most recent publication, written for the Century Foundation, is Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (2007). In 1999 he was decorated by the Government of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions to scholarship and cultural exchange. In 2008 he was recipient of the Japan Foundation’s Prize in Japanese Studies for which he and his wife were accorded an audience with the Emperor and Empress. He currently teaches courses on modern Japanese and international history.


Kyoko Tokuno is a senior lecturer in Comparative Religion at the Jackson School of International Studies. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies in 1994. Since then she has taught at the University of Oregon and joined the UW faculty in 2001. Her current interests focus on Buddhist texts and culture of medieval China and Japan, their relation to Indian Buddhism, and development of Buddhist canon in East Asia. Tokuno’s most recent projects include Byways in Medieval Chinese Buddhism: The Book of Trapusa and Indigenous Scriptures (Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism Series, University of Hawaii Press), which has been accepted for publication. She has published articles in The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, chapters in Encyclopedia of Buddhism and A Bibliographic Guide to the Comparative Study of Ethics, and a translation of “The Book of Resolving Doubts Concerning the Age of Semblance Dharma” in Buddhism in Practice. She teaches courses on Buddhism and world religions.


Michio Tsutsui is a professor and the Director of the Technical Japanese Program in the College of Engineering’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. He also holds a Donald E. Petersen professorship.  In 1991, Prof. Tsutsui established the Technical Japanese Program at the University of Washington and has directed it since its inception. His research areas include Japanese linguistics, CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning), Japanese pedagogy, and Japanese for Special Purposes. In addition to contributing numerous articles to the above fields, he has given presentations in these areas and has worked actively to promote the use of technology for language learning. Among his publications, Prof. Tsutsui coauthored the best-selling Japanese grammar series: A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar (1986), A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar (1995), and A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar (2008) (The Japan Times); and the innovative intermediate Japanese textbook series: Jookyuu e no Tobira [Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese] (2009), Kitaeyoo Kanji-ryoku [Power up Your Kanji] (2010), Chuukyuu-nihongo o oshieru kyooshi no tebiki [Teaching Intermediate Japanese: Teacher’s Guide] (2011), and Kore de mi ni tsuku bunpoo-ryoku [Grammar Power: Exercises for Mastery] (2012) (Kuroshio-shuppan). He also co-edited three volumes of articles in Japanese language pedagogy, linguistics, and culture: Gengo to Kyooiku: Nihongo no Sekai [Language and Education: The World of Japanese Language] (Hitsuji-shobo, 2005), New Perspectives on Japanese Language Learning, Linguisitics, and Culture (National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii, 2013) and Nihongo-kyooiku no Atarashii Chihei o Hiraku [New Horizon in Japanese Language Education] (Hitsuji-shobo, 2014).

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