Faculty & Staff


Reiko Abe Auestad

Visiting Professor

Teaching and Research Interests:

Reiko Abe Auestad is Professor at the University of Oslo. She is the author of Rereading Soseki: Three Early Twentieth-Century Japanese Novels (1998) which was republished in a digital form from CEAS Reprint Series for Rare and Out of Print Publications at Yale University (2016).  Her recent essays include “Invoking Affect in Kawakami Mieko’s Chichi to ran (Breasts and Eggs 2008),” Japan Forum (2016) and “Ibuse Masuji’s Kuroi Ame (Black Rain 1965) and Imamura Shōhei’s Film Adaptation (1989),” Bunron (2017).  “The Affect that Disorients Kokoro” in The Review of Japanese Culture and Society and “Colliding Forms in Literary History: A Reading of Natsume Sōseki’s Light and Dark” in the Routledge Companion to World Literature and World History are forthcoming.  She is also co-editing two collections of essays on the novelist Natsume Soseki.


Chen Yao

Associate Professor in Composition, Central Conservatory of Music, China

Teaching and Research Interests:

Visiting January, 2018 to June, 2018. 

YAO Chen devotes himself to the field of creating contemporary art music.  Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary concepts permeate his creative inspiration and compositional output. He also loves literature and fine arts.


Visiting Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Kunikazu Hattori
Associate Professor: Nihon University College of Commerce

Teaching and Research Interests:

Visiting Scholar, September, 2017 - August, 2018

Modern Japanese literature, culture, and intellectual history; novel, poetry, cinema, photograph, social movement. I received Ph.D for a study on Kenzaburo Oe (The University of Tsukuba, 2009). Recently, I am interested in Cold War culture judging from the side of Japan.