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Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

Jason Beckman

Taranee Yuning Cao

The overarching objective of Linda Galvane's dissertation is to examine the formation of a Japanese literary canon related to the subject of sadomasochism and other closely related 'perverse' and 'obscene' aspects of sexuality. Focusing specifically on the “gray areas,” namely on the writers and works that have left a great impact on the many examples of canonical literature that deal with the issue of sadomasochism but have been excluded from the canon because of their status as pornography, she is interested in examining the strategies and politics that have informed the canonization of certain works, writers, and tendencies in Japan, while excluding others. What plays a role in defining the norm and the perverse, the perverse within the perverse, and distinguishing between literature and pornography? There are few of the issues that Galvane's research is attempting to address.
My primary research interests are in pragmatics and second language (L2) acquisition of the Japanese language. Some examples of my work include the use of pragmatic or discourse particles by L2 learners of Japanese and the role of pragmatics in interpreting Japanese noun-modifying constructions. Currently, I am investigating factors that contribute to language learners acquiring interactional competence while studying abroad.

Yahui He

Advisor(s): Li Liu

Elise Huerta

Advisor(s): Haiyan Lee, Ban Wang

Karin Inouye

Advisor(s): Haiyan Lee, Ban Wang
Inouye's research interests in modern Chinese literature include Chinese models of appropriation and egalitarian exchange under asymmetrical conditions, the politics and possibilities within genre transformations, and movement and memory.

Mengmeng Ji

Advisor(s): Yiqun Zhou

Qian Jia

Advisor(s): Ronald Egan
I'm currently working on my doctoral dissertation which traces and reconstructs the translational afterlife of Lu Xun and his thought in East Asia. I'm also interested in Chinese socialist literature, Japanese intellectual history, and the South Korean democracy movement, which will form part of my dissertation as well.
Akira Kohbara's interests lie at the intersection between queerness and disability. In particular, his research explores the nexus of masculinity, male-male desire, and non-normative body-minds in modern and contemporary Japanese Literature. Akira's translation of "To Hell with Happy Endings! An Anti-School Manifesto" by Tsuneno Yujiro (2005) has appeared on The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus in September, 2018. (link here:

Jincheng Liu

Advisor(s): Chaofen Sun

Summer Lovex

Advisor(s): Indra Levy, Jim Reichert

Yanping Lu

Advisor(s): Ronald Egan
medieval Chinese literature and history, Chinese shi poetry, gender studies in medieval China

Tianlin Meng Walsh

Frank Mondelli

I research the intersection of Japanese literary modernism and Natsume Soseki. Other interests include Meiji and Taisho Era literatures, the history of literary criticism in Japan, 20th century literary theory and the theory of the novel.
Chinese Detective Fiction

Longlu Qin

Advisor(s): Chao Sun
history of Chinese; semantics of modality in Chinese

Gabriel Rodriguez

Advisor(s): James Reichert
My research focuses on science and speculative fiction in modern and contemporary Japanese literature, known in Japan as "SF." In particular, I am interested in SF narratives by women writers, and my research explores the social commentary that these writers make through their works.
I specialize in modern Japanese literature and culture. In my dissertation titled “The New Japanese Love Novel,” I use the texts of four postwar women writers to examine the construction of the love novel as a genre. I show how the genre of a work emerges dynamically from the conversation between text, its material form, consumers and publishers. My research has appeared in the Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies. Two of my translations are forthcoming in Review of Japanese Culture and Society.
My dissertation addresses the rise of the literature museum in Japan in the transition from so-called modern (kindai) to contemporary (gendai) literature in 20th century Japan.

Caroline Wake

Advisor(s): Steven Carter
Medieval Japanese poetry and poetics
Archaeobotany, Lithic analysis

Hsin Hung Yeh

Advisor(s): Chao Sun
Semantics and Pragmatics, Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Pedagogy, Historical Linguistics

MA Students

Ran Chen

Advisor(s): Li Liu

Yue Jiang

Linyi Li

Advisor(s): Li Liu

Jue Yu