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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.
Keren He is a PhD candidate specializing in modern Chinese literature and culture, with secondary fields in late imperial Chinese literature and modern Japanese literature. Her overall research departs from the question: where do people locate experiences of “transcendence” in a secular society? Her dissertation, “Power of Heart: Martyrdom and Transcendence in Late Qing China,” examines the spiritual vision of Chinese political radicals in both historical practices and cross-media representations at the turn of the twentieth century. Additional research interests include Chinese religious life, trans-East Asian cultural communication, moral and political philosophy, and media studies.

Yahui He

Advisor(s): Li Liu

Elise Huerta

Advisor(s): Ban Wang, Haiyan Lee

Mei Li 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.
Gender and Sexuality Studies, Japanese Studies (Modern Japanese Literature), Body Theory

Maciej Kurzynski


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.
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.
My dissertation, titled 'Variation in Singapore English: Crosslinguistic influence from Chinese, Malay, and Tamil', looks at how heritage languages in Singapore affect the way Singaporeans speak English.

Caroline Wake

Advisor(s): Steven Carter
Medieval Japanese poetry and poetics
Archaeobotany, Lithics analysis
His dissertation titled "Vulnerable Bodies as Agents: Disability Aesthetics and Politics in Modern Chinese Culture" investigates the shifting representations and performances of the disabled body in modern and contemporary Chinese fiction, film, and popular culture. The project tracks the hegemonic establishment, following the birth of the modern nation-state, of what can be called the ideology of ability (or ableism); it seeks to reconstruct disability in political, rather than pathological, terms, critically examining the manners in which the disabled body figures at the intersection of aesthetics, ethics, and politics. Not only does the dissertation aim to launch the minority identity of disability as a political concept for reconsidering Chinese modernity but also ultimately for revisiting theoretical paradigms, especially with regard to critical questions such as agency, embodiment, gender, sexuality, aesthetics, citizenship, and social justice.
Semantics and Pragmatics, Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Pedagogy, Historical Linguistics
As a student of modern Chinese literature and culture, I am working at the intersection between contemporary China's neoliberal reform and the transformation of local communities' cultural identities. The three communities in transition I am looking at in my dissertation include the Three Gorges migrants, the Qiang ethnic minority in Southwest China, and the earthquake survivors of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. I study the cultural history and re-articulation of identities for these communities undergoing rapid social change.

MA Students

Ran Chen

Advisor(s): Li Liu

Aaron Gilkison


Yue Jiang


Linyi Li

Advisor(s): Li Liu

Jue Yu