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Department/Specialty/Research Interest

  • Archaeology and Ethnology
    Zooarchaeology, Ethnoarchaeology

    In order to decipher the history of the relationship between humans and nature, I have conducted extensive research on and analyzed animal remains unearthed from archaeological sites. I have focused my research on a comprehensive view of culture and nature and surveyed the history of the Quaternary Period, and I have considerable field-work experience at sites in Hokkaido, northern Honshu and Siberia.

  • SATO, Michio

    Japanese Literature
    Sinology in Early Japan

    I research the question of how Chinese culture was received in Japan, with a focus on the Heian and Kamakura periods. In recent years I have been especially engaged with research on the Heian genre of “topic poetry” (kudaishi). I am also producing annotated editions of texts such as Honchō zoku monzui, Chōya gunsai, Shijoshū, and Chūyūki burui shihai kanshishū.

  • SHIKINA, Akiyoshi

    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.

  • SHIMIZU, Akiko

    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.

  • 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.

  • SUGINO, Motoko

    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.

  • SUZUKI, Atsuko

    Human Sciences
    Social Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Methodology

    In order to elucidate relationships between career development and gender roles/attitudes toward gender roles, I review literature, develop psychological scales and conduct surveys using questionnaires. I also study the research design of survey research using questionnaires and interviews. My interest is in learning about how to devise questionnaires to collect accurate and purposive data.

  • SUYAMA, Tetsuji
    Associate Professor

    Chinese Literature
    Classical Chinese Literature

    My study theme is Chinese classical poetics, particularly Yan Yu's (严羽) Canglang Shihua (沧浪诗话). 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.

  • TAKAHASHI, Isamu

    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.

  • TAKAHASHI, Satoshi

    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.

  • TAKAHASHI, Nobuya

    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.

  • TASAKA, Kenji

    Japanese Literature
    Ancient Japanese Literature

    I research Heian-period literature with a particular focus on The Tale of Genji. My recent research has centered around the historical and political relations within The Tale of Genji as well as its history of enjoyment and annotation.

  • 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 Literary Society of Japan (2014– ), I have also been active as a member of the editorial board of 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, 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.

  • TANI, Sumi

    Modern Russian Thought, Philosophy of Religion

    I am interested in religious philosophy in general, and have pursued several philosophical religious world views in the east and west through comparative consideration of its formation and the spiritual climate. In particular, I am continuing my research focusing on religious philosophers (Vladimir Solovyov, Pavel Florensky, Sergei Bulgakov, etc.) of the late Russian Empire.

  • CHIKAMORI, Takaaki

    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.

  • Tsukiyama, Kazuya
    Associate Professor

    French Literature
    French Literature of 19th Century

    « Surnaturalisme » in the art criticism of Baudelaire and Huysmans

  • TSUGE, Hisanori

    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.

  • TERASAWA, Yuri
    Assistant Professor

    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.

  • TOYAMA, Koichi

    Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    Western Art History

    My primary research addresses Florentine sculpture, which is represented by the articles on Luca della Robbia, Brunelleschi and on pedestals for statues, and Sienese painting, which is represented by a paper published in a book entitled Sassetta, Borgo San Sepolcro Altarpiece, in which I discuss the rendering of cast 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.