All Departments


Department/Specialty/Research Interest

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

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

  • 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 variety of faith practiced in the Southern Levant.

  • 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 X-ray structural analysis. In recent years, I have had a particular focus on chromic compounds that exhibit reversible color change by external stimuli.

  • SUYAMA, Tetsuji
    Associate Professor

    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.

  • SOGAWA, Yoichi
    Associate Professor

    Japanese History
    Ancient Japanese history

    Mainly on the Ritsuryo Code system, I am interested in relations with the state and the society of Nara and Heian era. Especially main subject of this study is to compare the system of city building and government officials with Chinese Ritsuryo, which is the mother law of the Japanese Ritsuryo. And clarify the process that Ritsuryo rule took root in Japan.

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

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

  • 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.

  • TAGUCHI, Mizuki
    Assistant Professor (Non-tenured)

    Natural Sciences
    Developmental Biology, Immunobiology

    Sea cucumbers are echinoderms, a phylum that also includes sea urchins and starfish. Though they may look quite different from vertebrates, they are closely related evolutionarily and can provide important insights into the evolution of immunity. My current research looks at the aggregation of immune cells in Japanese sea cucumbers. While our immune cells aggregate to surround and eliminate foreign substances that have entered the body, the immune cells of sea cucumber aggregate even in the absence of such foreign substances. My research explores why cells aggregate and the physiological significance of this phenomenon.

  • 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.

  • 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 possess 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
    Associate Professor

    Philosophy of Science

    My research focuses on philosophical issues in contemporary biology, especially evolutionary biology, microbiology, developmental biology, and cell biology. Particular topics include: evolution of altruism, levels of selection, species problem, essentialism, biological individuality, homology, teleology, reductionism, and anthropocentrism. 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.

    Associate Professor

    Human Sciences

    I conduct my research from a sociological point of view, focusing on our responsibilities within society. In addition to issues concerning civil and criminal liability, I am interested in how modern empirical sciences relate to human freedom, morality, and social institutions.

  • 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.

  • TODA, Koji
    Assistant Professor

    Learning & Memory, Comparative Cognition, Behavioral Neuroscience, Kansei Behavioral Neuroscience

    I study the animal "mind" with psychological and neurobiological approaches.

  • 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.

  • NAKAO, Tomohiko
    Associate Professor

    Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    Arts Management

    The term arts administration/arts management is used to refer to the management of arts organizations, many of which have a juridical status of nonprofit or public organization. The aim is primarily to give formal management education to arts managers and to enable arts organizations to attain effective and efficient management for social missions. Arts management is an interdisciplinary and pragmatic area, so its standard curriculum consists of various subjects such as nonprofit studies, organizational theory and behavior, strategic management, marketing, fundraising, accounting, quantitative analysis, and education in the arts. My main interests lie in nonprofit management, arts marketing, arts management education, and orchestra management.

  • Japanese History
    Japanese History in the Middle Ages

    My research, based on documents and archaeological sources, focuses on medieval economy that include money, usury, trade, and manufacturing techniques, among others.

  • NAKATANI, Saiichiro
    Associate Professor

    Foreign Languages
    Greek and Latin Classics, Comparative Literature

    My interests cover literary interpretation as well as reception history (i. e., scholarly reception, translation, and literary influence) of Greek literature under the Roman Empire, esp. ancient Greek romances (ca. 1–4 centuries CE).