Committee on Japanese Studies Faculty

Susan Burns

Associate Professor
Department of History
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Director, Center for East Asian Studies

1126 E 59th St
Social Sciences 221
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-8934

Professor Burns focuses on 19th century Japanese history, specifically the period between the Tokugawa era and the end of the Meiji period, and also the role of Western medicine in the lives of Japanese women. For more information, visit Professor Burns's page at the University of Chicago's Department of History.


Michael Bourdaghs

Professor
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

1050 E 59th St
Wieboldt 301L
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-1710

Professor Bourdaghs focuses on Japanese literature and cultural history, including Japanese popular music. He also explores the connection between literature and politics through the lens of critical theory. For more information, visit Professor Bourdaghs's profile at the University of Chicago's East Asian Languages and Civilizations.


Michael Fisch

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

5836 S Greenwood Ave
Haskell 134
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-2128

Michael Fisch is a professor of anthropology whose research focuses on the effects of technology, nature, and culture on Japanese society. He is currently working on an intitative to develop alternatives to protective seawalls along Japan's coastline. For more information, visit his profile at the university's Department of Anthropology.


Chelsea Foxwell

Assistant Professor
Department of Art History

5540 S Greenwood Ave
Cochrane-Woods Art Center 265
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-7946

Professor Foxwell is an art historian at the university's Department of Art History whose work focuses on Japan’s artistic interactions with the rest of East Asia and beyond, nihonga and yōga; “export art” and the world’s fairs; practices of image circulation, exhibition, and display; and the relationship between image-making and the kabuki theater. For more information, visit her page at the Art History Department, or her page at the University of Chicago press.


James Ketelaar

Professor
Department of History
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

1126 E 59th St
Social Sciences 513
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-0763

James Ketelaar is an historian whose specialities include the religious, philosophical, and intellecutal history of Japan. He is currently finishing a book on the importance of the barbarian and the frontier in the construction of Japanese national identity and national history: Ezo: A History of Japan's Eastern Frontier (Princeton, forthcoming). Visit his page at the university's Department of History, for more information.


Hoyt Long

Associate Professor
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Chair, Committee on Japanese Studies, CEAS

1050 E 59th St
Wieboldt 301C
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 834-1868

Professor Long's research and teaching interests include modern Japanese literature, regional and subnational literatures, publishing history, environmental history and criticism, media theory, and digital humanities. His first book, On Uneven Ground: Miyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan (2011), examines the ways in which artistic and literary activity intersected with ideas about place and locality in Japan’s prewar period. He is currently working on a project that considers postal technologies of late-19th- and early-20th-century Japan as forms of “new media.” He is focusing on the ways these technologies impacted practices of writing—literary or otherwise—and how they may or may not have altered established patterns and ideas of social association and communication. For more information, visit his page at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.


Kazuo Yamaguchi

Hanna Holborn Gray Professor
Department of Sociology

1155 E 60th St
NORC 349
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 256-6324

Professor Yamaguchi is interested in statistical models for social data and mathematical models for social phenomena, the life course, rational choice, exchange networks, stratification and mobility, demography for family and employment, process of drug use progression. His current research focuses on models of exchange networks and women's occupational careers in Japanese society. For more information, see his profile at the university's Department of Sociology.

Kasuo Yamaguchi