1994, Ph.D., in Performance Studies, New York University.
Kimono Comics: The Performance Culture of Rakugo Storytelling
Advisors: Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara Ruch (Columbia University).
1994, Columbia University Summer Institute, in Japanese Language Pedagogy.
1980, M.A., in Japanese Literature, University of Michigan.
The Story of Clam Princess: An Annotated Translation of an Otogi-zoshi.
Advisor: Robert Brower.
1977, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. Tokyo, Japan.
1976, B.A., Magna cum laude, Folklore and Mythology (Ethnomusicology), Radcliffe/Harvard.
My research interests include folklore, food and culture, and the theatre, traditional music, and popular culture of Japan. I am presently researching food in Japanese popular culture for a book on Japanese culinary comic books (manga).
- Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo.
(Lexington Books 2008)
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Articles & Book Chapters
- New Plots and Playful Schemes: Shukô in Rakugo, Japanese Comic Storytelling.
In Text and Presentation. (2006).
- Rakugo Fans at Play.
In Fanning the Flames: Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan.
ed. William Kelly. (State University of New York Press 2004).
- Oishinbo’s Adventures in Eating:
What Japanese Comics Communicate about Food and Cultural Identity.
In Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture 4.4. (2004).
- The Women’s Theatre of Takarazuka. In TDR (The Drama Review). T128-Winter. (1990).
I teach second-year Japanese language courses as well as inter-disciplinary classes on Japan that introduce its society, folklore, performance, and literature. I plan to teach classes on Asian theatre and food in Asian culture starting in 2011.
- JAPN 320 - Japanese Culture
- JAPN 339 - Japanese Literature and Culture in Translation
- JAPN 411 - Gender in Japanese Popular Culture
- JAPN 411 - Japanese Aesthetics
I teach Japanese 201/202 and classes on Japanese culture primarily oriented to undergraduates. My research interests include Japanese oral narrative, theatrical traditions, music, and popular culture. In addition, I study food in Japanese popular culture, in particular, comic books (manga). I advise students for the Japanese minor and am the advisor/director of the Asian Studies program.