All Departments


Department/Specialty/Research Interest

  • German Literature
    German Romanticism, History of the German Science Fiction

    My research focuses on German romanticism, especially E. T. A. Hoffmann, who was known for his unusual ideas, which lead to modern fantasy and horror stories. For a long time I have been involved with the scientific and technical fantasies of literary text from the 19th and 20th centuries. Recently I have been interested in the literature of the German-national poets, which German philology cannot endure. How do young nationalists from poor families develop dreams of being "German" and building up a united Germany? This question, of which the Germans are still afraid, remains for us foreign Germanists to discuss.

  • Western History
    Modern German History and History of Yugoslavia

    My main research interest is the contemporary history of Germany and its relation to Southeast Europe (Serbia and Croatia) in the twentieth century. My particular focus is on racism and nationalism as well as ethnic formation and conflicts in the interwar period during the Second World War and the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. My book (in German) German Occupation of the Serbian Banat during 1941-1944 explored in the context of National Socialism the formative process which lead to the development of the ethnic groups. Further, I am interested in the treatment of these processes in the media and historiography.

  • SHIMODA, Kentaro
    Assistant Professor (Non-tenured)

    Archaeology and Ethnology
    Cultural Anthropology, Historical Anthropology, Material Culture Studies, Disaster Studies

    With the city of Minamata and Ishigaki Island as my research sites, I have been concerned with how the people embroiled in environmental issues, technological disasters, and violations of human life recall their experiences, cope with their situations, and recount their memories. I have especially focused in particular on the dynamic interactions between material things and narratives. In recent years, I have also examined the topic of how such people's experiences and memories can contribute to creating a new social order.

  • SUGA, Sayaka
    Assistant Professor

    Human Sciences
    Social Psychology

    I have been conducting experiments which demonstrate the relation between social cognitive processes and linguistic communication.

  • SUGAHARA, Akie
    Assistant Professor(Non-tenured)

    Foreign Languages
    Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

    My main research field is the Spanish language teaching methodologies. Currently, I am also doing research on English textbooks for Japanese students.

  • Sociology
    Social Psychology

    I am doing research in social psychology, on the topic of persuasive communication and consensus building. My main research theme is environmental issues. In many cases, some aspects of actions that deal with environmental risks entail conflict between benefits for individuals and benefits for society as a whole. To solve this problem, I’ve developed educational games called “Persuasion Game” and “Stakeholders” to simulate real society as tools for risk communication.

  • Chinese Literature
    Modern Chinese Literature, Comparative Literature in Japan and China

    My main area of research is modern and contemporary Chinese literature.

  • SUGIMOTO, David T.

    Archaeology and Ethnology
    Archaeology of Western Asia, Biblical Archaeology

    My research interest is a reconstruction of the religion of ancient Israel through archaeological research, focusing on how the Yahwistic monotheism developed. I am currently conducting archaeological excavations at Beitin in Palestinian territories, which is identified with Bethel in the Hebrew Bible. This is an ideal site to study the continuity and discontinuity of religious practices during the Bronze and Iron Ages. I also employ analyses of religious artifacts such as seals and figurines, which may reflect the variations in the faith practiced by the Canaanites and Israelites.

  • SUGIYAMA, Haruki
    Assistant Professor (Non-tenured)

    Natural Sciences

    Crystals are solid substances in which atoms or molecules are ordered, and are widely present in nature. My research is to clarify the relationship between crystal structure and solid physical properties by using the X-ray structural analysis. In particular, I has focused on chromic compounds which exhibit reversible color change by external stimuli, in recent years.

  • Chinese Literature
    Classical Chinese Literature

    My study theme is Chinese classical poetics, particularly Yan Yu's (嚴羽) Canglang Shihua (滄浪詩話). I aim to clarify the contemporary recognition of Song Dynasty poetry by way of researching the meaning of the category words used in the books of poetic theories.

  • English and American Literature
    English Literature After the 18th Century; Fantasy Literature

    I am interested in English poetry, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, British medievalism, and modern fantasy literature.

  • Chinese Literature
    Classical Chinese Literature, Chinese Bibliography, History of Sinitic Literature in Japan

    1. A bibliography of Chinese classic literature. Understand Chinese and East Asia culture according to an original study of classic texts not as works of art so much as literary productions and cultural properties.
    2. The history of the text of Lun Yu (論語).
    3. The interchange of Chinese classic literature in Japan and China.
    4. A culture of library collection of the original texts of Chinese classics.

  • English and American Literature
    Modern English Literature

    My research focuses on the relationship between literature and music. I am particularly interested in how English literature has influenced/has been influenced by music, for instance the image of sound and music in the Romantic poetry, the operatic treatment of Shakespeare’s plays, and the critical activity of G. B. Shaw. This interest extends to translating into Japanese of the publications on various aspects of music and culture, such as Shaw’s commentary on Wagner’s opera The Ring of the Nibelung, the study of Nazi exploitation of the works and the image of Mozart, and the biography of the conductor Bruno Walter.

  • TAKEMURA, Hideki
    Associate Professor(Non-tenured)

    Sociology of Education, History of Sociology in Modern Japan, History of Social Survey in Modern Japan

    (1) My specialty is the sociology of education, especially the historical sociology of teachers as a new middle class in modern Japan. The main question is when and how the modern teacher was formed as an occupational stratification.
    (2) The historical study of social research in modern Japan. I rediscover and reevaluate social surveys forgotten in the history of sociology.

  • English and American Literature
    American Renaissance, Contemporary Critical Theory

    Majoring in American Renaissance writers and Critical Theory, I received my Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1987. Being the 16th president of the American Literature Society of Japan (2014– ), I have also been active as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Transnational American Studies since 2008. My major books are: Cyberpunk America (1988), the winner of the Japan-US Friendship Commission's American Studies Book Prize; New Americanist Poetics (1995), the winner of the Yukichi Fukuzawa Award; Full Metal Apache: Transactions between Cyberpunk Japan and Avant-Pop America (2006), the winner of the 2010 IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award.

  • TANAKA, Shin

    German Literature
    German linguistics, language theory

    I conduct linguistic research on the German language.
    All natural languages share an amazing universality in that they use mechanisms which combine dozens of sounds to represent infinite things. This universality possesses structural aspects as well as functionally set properties: humans are naturally endowed with kernels of language, but for what purpose? I am particularly interested in the latter, the functional aspects of language, and try to make new discoveries through comparative linguistics of German, Japanese, and other languages.

  • TANAKA, Senji
    Assistant Professor

    Philosophy of Science

    My research focuses on philosophical issues in contemporary biology, especially evolutionary biology, paleontology, microbiology, and developmental biology. Particular topics include: evolution of altruism, levels of selection, macroevolution, species problem, essentialism, biological individuality, and homology. I am also interested in naturalistic approaches to human mind and morality.

  • Library and Information Science
    Information Organization, Information Resource Management

    Pursuing the organization of knowledge and information resources, which aims at organize vast and varied amounts of information resources to be able to satisfy certain requests (or a variety of requests) effectively and efficiently. Cataloging, metadata management, classification, controlled vocabulary (ontology), and retrieval systems are conventional ways to attain such goals in the field, with new approaches and practices also being developed.

  • Sociology
    Cultural Sociology, Urban Sociology, Historical Sociology

    My main research interest is in considering aspects of modernity exhibited in various urban cultural phenomena (including thought, representation, and technology). Currently I am working on projects that deal with the historical processes of how infrastructural technologies such as lighting, transportation, and architecture have been introduced in urban spaces, which are connected to the transformation of the modes of collective perception, imagination, and experience of urban space.

  • French Literature
    French Literature of 19th Century

    « Surnaturalisme » in the art criticism of Baudelaire and Huysmans

  • Ethics
    History of British Ethical Thought

    I have been doing research in the fields of history of ethics, theory of ethics and applied ethics. In history of ethics, I have been trying to trace the history of modern British ethical thought and to understand its whole story; in theory of ethics, trying to examine main theories of contemporary ethics and to show their possibilities and limitations; and in applied ethics, trying to consider ethical problems in economy and to analyze their causes.

  • Psychology
    Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology

    I am interested in the neuropsychological mechanisms for feeling emotion. Brain-mind interaction and interoception are key concepts in my research. I am examining the mechanism concerning how bodily feelings affect subjective feelings of emotion. I am conducting research using techniques that include neuroimaging (fMRI) and neuropsychological methods.

  • Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    Western Art History

    My research addresses Florentine sculpture, which is represented by articles on Luca della Robbia, Brunelleschi and on pedestals for statues. My research also covers Sienese painting, including for example my paper in the book Sassetta, Borgo San Sepolcro Altarpiece, in which I discuss the rendering of shadows by Sienese artists such as Sassetta, Giovanni di Paolo or Pietro Giovanni d’Ambrogio.

  • TOKUNAGA, Satoko
    Associate Professor

    English and American Literature
    Medieval English Literature, History of the Book, Bibliography

    My research interests include book production and literary culture in late medieval England. I am currently working with my colleagues to produce a critical edition of the Golden Legend translated and printed by William Caxton in 1483/1484.

  • Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    History of Japanese Art, Paintings and Prints

    My area of expertise is the history of painting and woodblock printing in the Edo period, while my research deals primarily with Ukiyo-e and Rinpa artists and their works. I also have a strong interest in all works from ancient to modern times that are connected with narrative and genre painting. Moreover, I am examining the monumental question of how Japanese art fits into the history of world art.