About Heather Bowen-Struyk

I specialize in modern and contemporary Japanese literature, culture, language and media with a PhD from the University of Michigan (2001).

Based in Chicago since my PhD, I have post-doctoral experience at five universities: the University of Michigan, Loyola University Chicago, Notre Dame, Lake Forest College and The University of Chicago. This has given me rare breadth of teaching experience including undergraduate survey courses like Japanese Literary Masterpieces, Modern Japanese Literature, and Japanese Civilization; specialized undergraduate seminars like Cool Japan and Empires in Asia; language courses; and graduate-level seminars.

Academic Positions

University of Notre Dame

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures
  • 2005-2006, 2014-Present


Loyola University Chicago

  • Part-time Instructor, Modern Languages
  • 2007-2008, Fall 2009-Fall 2010, Fall 2011-Fall 2012, Fall 2013-Spring 2014


University of Michigan

  • Interim Assistant Professor, Asian Languages & Cultures
  • 2008-2009, Winter 2011, Winter 2013


Lake Forest College

  • Invited Co-Instructor, Department of Art and Art History
  • Winter 2005


University of Chicago

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for East Asian Studies
  • 2001-2004

Education & Training

  • Ph. D., University of Michigan 2001
  • A.M., University of Michigan 1995
  • B.A., University of Michigan 1993