Field of study: Japan

Alexander Zahlten

Alexander Zahlten

Chair, Committee on Regional Studies East Asia
EALC: Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Pronouns: He, Him, His

Research Interests: Film and media in Japan; media ecologies in East Asia.

2 Divinity Ave, 211
p: (617) 496-1391
Office Hours: Email for appointment
Ryuichi Abe

Ryuichi Abe

EALC: Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions

On Leave 2020-21

Research Interests:  Buddhism and Japanese history, literature and culture.

2 Divinity Avenue, Room 130B
p: (617) 495-4305
Mary C. Brinton

Mary C. Brinton

Dept of Sociology: Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology
Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

Research interests: gender stratification, labor market organization, education, economic sociology, and Japanese society.

William James Hall, Room 580
p: (617) 495-5821
Edwin Cranston

Edwin Cranston

EALC: Professor of Japanese Literature

Research Interests: Japanese literature and poetry. China Biographical Database Project

2 Divinity Ave. #232
p: (617) 495-8362
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Christina Davis

Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute
Professor of Government

Research interests and teaching bridge international relations and comparative politics, with a focus on trade policy. Interests include the...

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1737 Cambridge Street, CGIS Knafel Building 216
p: 617 495-4446
Shigehisa Kuriyama

Shigehisa Kuriyama

EALC: Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History

Research Interests:  comparative cultural history; history of medicine and science.

2 Divinity Avenue, Room 134B
p: (617) 495-2754

Ziyi (Sarah) Lin


University of California Berkeley, B.A. Japanese and Computer Science, 2020

Japan: Media studies and digital humanities; postwar literature; visual and popular culture with an emphasis on gender and body genre.


Mayako Shibagaki Liu


International Christian University, B.A. History with Minor in Chemistry, 2020

Korea/Japan: Modern history of Japan and Korea; Japanese colonialism in Korea; history through visual representation; history of art and its relationship with colonialism; visual culture; cultural history

James Robson

James Robson

EALC: James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Research Interests:  History of Medieval Chinese Buddhism and Daoism; issues of sacred geography, local religious history, talismans,...

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2 Divinity Avenue, Room 216

p: (617) 495-8363
Office Hours: By appointment; please email.
Coco Kejia Ruan

Kejia (Coco) Ruan


Columbia University, B.A. Comparative Literature and Society, 2021

Japan and China: Modern and contemporary literature; women’s writing and female homosociality; transnational and diasporic literature