Teaching Philosophy

  1. Build upon skills of reading, listening, analyzing, writing and public speaking
  2. Develop critical thinking skills, for use in and out of the classroom
  3. Encourage lifelong learning habits

Teaching Experience

University of Notre Dame

Visiting Assistant Professor: 2005-2006, 2014-2016


“Modern Japanese Literature,” Spring 2015, Spring 2016.

“‘Cool Japan:’ Youth & Culture in Contemporary Japan,” Spring 2015, Spring 2016.

“Japanese Literature as World Literature,” Fall 2015.

“Advanced Japanese (4th/5th Year): Translation,” Fall 2015.

“Contemporary Japanese Literature,” Fall 2014.

“Advanced Japanese (5th Year): Translation,” Fall 2014.

“Labor and Literature in Japan,” Spring 2006.

“The Japanese Woman in Literature,” Spring 2006.

“Japanese Literature in the 1990s: Lost and Found in Contemporary Japan,” Fall 2005, Spring 2006.

 “The Japanese Empire in Literature,” Fall 2005.



University of Michigan

Interim Assistant Professor (4 semesters): 2008-2009, Winter 2011, Winter 2013


“Modern Japanese Literature.” Winter 2013.

“Introduction to Japanese Civilization,” Fall 2008, Winter 2011.

“Lost and Found in Japanese Popular Culture,” Fall 2008, Winter 2011.

“Modern Empires in Asia,” Asian Studies capstone course for concentrators, Winter 2009.

“The Japanese Woman in Literature,” Winter 2009.



Loyola University Chicago

Part-time Instructor (10 semesters): 2007-2008, Fall 2009-Fall 2010, Fall 2011-Fall 2012, Fall 2013-2014


“Interpreting (Japanese) Literature,” Spring 2014.

“Japanese 103” and “Japanese 104,” 2007-2008, Fall 2009-Fall 2010, Fall 2011-Fall 2012, Fall 2013.

“Japanese Masterpieces,” Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2012.

“Asia 101,” Spring 2010.




Lake Forest College

Invited Co-Instructor (one semester): Winter 2005


“Japonisme & Occidentalism,” Winter 2005. Co-taught with Christopher Reed, Western art historian.



University of Chicago

Post-Doctoral Fellow (9 quarters): 2001-2004

 “Labor and Desire,” Upper-level undergraduate class. Fall 2003.

“Literature and Politics in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s,” Upper-level undergraduate and lower-level graduate course, co-taught with Norma Field. Fall 2002.

 “Literary Methodologies,” Graduate seminar on literary theory, with readings in English and Japanese. Winter 2003.

“Popular Proletarian Literature?” Graduate seminar involving intensive reading in Japanese. Spring 2002.

“Labor and Literature,” Graduate seminar on late Meiji (1868-1910) and Taisho (1911-1925) literature dealing with issues of labor and subjectivity; intensive reading in Japanese. Winter 2002.

 “Japanese Civilization,” teaching assistant three years in a row for three different professors: an exercise in deconstructing “Japan.” Winter 2004 (Norma Field), Winter 2003 (Jim Ketelaar), and Winter 2002 (Greg Golley).