Japan at Chicago

The University of Chicago is one of the premier institutions for Japan Studies in the United States. Supported by dedicated faculty and robust endowments, students studying Japan at Chicago take advantage of a rigorous program of research and teaching.

In addition to funding a number of graduate East Asia workshops that meet on a regular basis, the University of Chicago’s Japan Studies Committee sponsors several important annual Japan studies events including the William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, the The Tetsuo Najita Distinguished Lecture in Japanese Studies, and the ongoing Japan at Chicago series of conferences.

East Asian Collection at the University of Chicago Library

With more than 840,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, the East Asian Collection at the University of Chicago is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and distinctive East Asian collections in the United States.

Learn more about the other East Asia resources on campus and in Chicagoland.

Japan Studies Faculty

The Committee on Japanese Studies is comprised of University of Chicago faculty with a scholarly interest in Japanese subjects. The Committee sponsors conferences, film screenings, lectures, performances, fellowships, research, and annual prizes. Through the Center for East Asian Studies, it partners with other entities locally, nationally and globally to build and strengthen Japan studies.

 

Michael Bourdaghs
Professor in Modern Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Department Chair, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Susan Burns
Associate Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Chair, Japan Studies Committee

Michael Fisch
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College

Chelsea Foxwell
Assistant Professor of Art History and the College

Reginald Jackson
Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

James Ketelaar
Professor in History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Hoyt Long
Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Bernard Silberman
Professor of Political Science

Kazuo Yamaguchi
Hanna Holborn Gray Professor of Sociology

Emeritus Faculty

Norma Field
Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor in Japanese Studies in East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Tetsuo Najita
Robert S. Ingersolll Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nobuko Toyosawa
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Japanese Language Lecturers

Yoko Katagiri
Lecturer in Japanese Language, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Harumi Lory

Lecturer in Japanese Language, East Asian Language and Civilizations

Misa Miyachi
Lecturer in Japanese Language, East Asian Language and Civilizations

Hiroyoshi Noto
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Language
Director of the Japanese Language Program, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Other Associates

Thomas Ginsburg
Law School