We would be delighted to include more profiles of our alumni, whether recent or longer ago, on this page. If you would like to be featured, please contact email@example.com. Here is a full list of the more than eighty graduates of the Chinese MA program who have gone on to doctoral study since 1991.
Yafang BAO (MA CU Boulder, 2014) is currently a PhD student at Stanford University. She specializes in poetry and literati culture in Song China, and also has training in Chinese calligraphy and art history.
Baiqian BIAN received her MA in Chinese Literature from CU Boulder in 2018. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. Her research interests include medieval Chinese literature and intellectual history.
Daniel BURTON-ROSE received his M.A in the Asian Languages and Civilizations Department in 2009, having completing a thesis under Professor Terry Kleeman on Inner Alchemy in the late Ming dynasty. In 2016, Burton-Rose obtained his doctorate from the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He is currently a Lecturer in Chinese, Asian, and World History in the History Department at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He served for two years as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the History Department at North Carolina State University, and has also taught at Brown University and the City University of New York. He is completing a manuscript titled Celestial Officials of the Jade Bureau: Prophecy and Spirit-Writing in Qing Conquest China and editing the anthology Insect Histories of East Asia with David A. Bello. His work has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Asian Medicine: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Medicine (for which he also serves as Assistant Editor for East Asia), Daoism: Religion, History and Society, and the Journal of Religion and Violence. He also contributed to the anthology Transgender China (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012). View his work.
Graham CHAMNESS graduated with an MA in Chinese literature from CU Boulder in 2010, after taking his BA in Classics also from CU (2007). He is now a PhD candidate focusing on early medieval Chinese literature and culture at Harvard University. His dissertation examines the literature produced at elite social gatherings and accounts of those gatherings in late third- through early fifth-century southern China. He is broadly interested in the way poetry is used at social gatherings to create cultural communities in an imagined space outside the imperial court at different junctures in pre-modern China.
Ruby Wai Yee CHAN
Ruby Wai Yee CHAN is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton, she earned her M.A. degree from University of Colorado Boulder in 2021, and a B.A. degree from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2017. She is primarily interested in medieval Chinese literature and its reception history through the lens of anthologies in late imperial China. Her research interests also include the history and materiality of books as well as the canonization of text in China.
Timothy Wai Keung CHAN
Timothy Wai Keung CHAN graduated in May 1999 from CU Boulder with a PhD from EALC and CompLit. He taught at Ohio State University and the University of Sydney before joining Hong Kong Baptist University in 2006.
Fletcher COLEMAN is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Texas, Arlington. He received his MA from CU Boulder in 2013 and a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2020. Coleman is a specialist on the art historiography and religious arts of China, and his research spans the early medieval through modern periods. His current project examines the antiquarian conventions and pedagogical practices utilized by American scholars in the creation of East Asian art history as an academic discipline. Focusing on plaster cast collecting and ink rubbing connoisseurship, he argues that the intersection of these traditions became a foundation for early museum restoration practices and the teaching of East Asian art in America. Taking the Buddhist caves of Longmen as his primary case study, Coleman explores how this synthesis of traditions became physically embedded in objects during the study, removal, and restoration of sculpture from the site.
Prior to arriving at the University of Texas, Arlington, Coleman was a Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University, Bloomington. Coleman has held fellowships at a variety of institutions across the United States and Asia; including, the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Studies, Kyoto, and the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. He has also served in the Asia-Mediterranean division of the Harvard Art Museums, as well as the Houghton Rare Books Library.
Timothy DAVIS received his MA in pre-modern Chinese literature from CU Bolder in 1999 and his PhD from Columbia University in 2008. He is the Asian Studies Librarian at Brigham Young University and a scholar of the social, cultural, and literary history of medieval China. His book Entombed Epigraphy and Commemorative Culture in Early Medieval China (Brill, 2015) is the first monograph in English on the religious and social functions of early muzhiming (“entombed epitaph inscriptions”).
Heng DU received her M.A. in Chinese literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010 after writing a thesis on the “Chu shuo” chapters of the Hanfeizi under the direction of Professor Matthias Richter. She went on to receive a Ph.D. degree in Chinese History from Harvard University in 2018. Heng is currently an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. Her book project, provisionally entitled The Author’s Two Bodies in Early Chinese Textual Culture, expands the concept of “paratext" so that it can serve as an analytical tool for the study of early authorship and textual identity. For her future research, she is interested in the comparative study of book cultures in the ancient world.
Kay DUFFY received her MA from CU Boulder in 2012 and PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 2019. She is an Assistant Professor of Premodern Sinitic Poetry at the University of British Columbia, and her research interests include the poetics, historiographies, and court cultures of the sinographic sphere.
Jon FELT completed his MA at CU Boulder in 2008, and then his PhD from Stanford University in 2014. After two years as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, he is now an assistant professor at Brigham Young University. His research is on Six Dynasties history, especially historical geography and the history of geographical thought.
Scott GALER (MA CU Boulder, 1995; PhD University of Wisconsin, 2003) spent the first ten years of his full-time academic career teaching a broad range of undergraduate courses in Chinese language (beginning to advanced), literature, culture, and an interdisciplinary course on globalization and the developing world. Though his heart is in the classroom, he has spent the better part of his second decade at BYU-Idaho as a department chair, dean, and now as an associate academic vice president. When not on campus, Scott enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Guoying GONG (MA CU Boulder, 2017) is currently a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. Her research interests include medieval Chinese poetry, literary thought and criticism, and intellectual history.
HONG Yue is associate professor of premodern Chinese literature at Renmin University. After graduating from CU Boulder with a master degree in 2002, she received her PhD from Harvard University in 2010. She taught at Kalamazoo College before joining Renmin University in 2018. Her research area is medieval Chinese literature and culture.
Kangni HUANG received her MA in Chinese Literature from CU Boulder in 2018. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Kangni studies late imperial Chinese literature--Ming-Qing fiction in particular--and its intersection with other socio-cultural spheres, such as historiography, popular religion, materiality, and print culture. She is also interested in exploring comparative approaches to Ming-Qing literature within the context of a global early modern era.
JIA Jinhua received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999. She is now Professor of Chinese Culture at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has worked as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty at Harvard Divinity School (2005-06), Fellow at the National Humanities Center (2014), and Member at Institute for Advanced Study (2015). Her research interests include early to medieval Chinese literature, religion, thought, and gender studies. She has published more than ten books and many articles in both English and Chinese.
Qian JIA (MA CU Boulder, 2016) is currently a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University. Her research focuses on medieval Chinese poetry, changes in poetic conventions and aesthetics, and the relationship between individuality and literary tradition.
Stephan N. KORY
After graduating from CU with an MA in Chinese in 1998, Stephan N. KORY joined the JET Program, stayed in Japan for almost four years, and spent a semester at Southwest Communications University in Sichuan teaching with his partner. He then joined the PhD Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, graduated in 2012, and has held teaching positions at Reed College, Swarthmore College, and the College of Charleston. He also spent a little over a year as a visiting fellow at the IKGF at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. In 2019, he was hired as an Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Florida, where he teaches courses on Chinese language, literature, and culture.
Amy LANTRIP graduated from the ALC department in 2019, and is now a PhD student in the East Asian Studies Department at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on satire, humor, and science fiction in early modern and modern Chinese literature. She is particularly interested in parody of gender and religion, as well as the popularity and censorship of comedy.
Crismon LEWIS (M.A. CU Boulder, 2018) is a doctoral student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is mainly interested in the composition and collation of transmitted and excavated manuscript texts from early China.
LIU Jianmei (MA CU Boulder, 1992) obtained her doctorate in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in 1998, and is currently Professor in the Division of the Humanities at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is the author of a number of Chinese-language academic and literary publications. Her academic books in English include Zhuangzi and Modern Chinese Literature (2016), Revolution Plus Love: Literary History, Women's Bodies, and Thematic Repetition in Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction (2003), and The Jin Yong Phenomenon: Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History (2007, co-edited with Ann Huss). Her areas of interest are modern and contemporary Chinese literature, gender studies, the relationship between philosophy and literature, and film studies.
Ying LIU (MA CU Boulder, 2010) received her PhD from the University of California Irvine in 2016. She is assistant professor of Chinese at Earlham College. She also has taught at Kenyon College. Her research interests include modern and contemporary Chinese literature, cinema, and popular culture, with a focus on youth narratives and representations of young people. In addition to courses in Chinese language, she also offers courses in her major area of expertise, film and contemporary Chinese society and youth in Chinese culture.
Michelle LOW (MA 1998; PhD CompLit 2006, both at CU Boulder) is Associate Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where she continues to teach Chinese language and literature from elementary through advanced modern Chinese language courses, classical Chinese courses, and courses in Chinese literature, philosophy, and civilizations in English. She directs the Chinese language, Asian Studies, and Chinese teacher-education programs at UNC, and focuses on undergraduate education. She regularly leads students on short-term study abroad programs to China.
Yiyi LUO is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton. She received her BA in Chinese Literature from Fudan University in 2008, and her MA in Chinese Literature from Boulder in 2011. She wrote her MA thesis, “Life as Dust: A Literary survey of Mount Beimang,” supervised by Professor Paul W. Kroll. Yiyi’s main research interests include literature during the early medieval and medieval period with a primary focus on poetry, the relation between literature and religions, and court culture. Her dissertation, titled “Yu Xin (513–581) and the Sixth-Century Literary World,” examines the historical reception of Yu Xin’s authorial image and explores his writings on a diverse range of themes in the milieu of the Northern Zhou intellectual and literary context. Yiyi completed her General Examination at Princeton in 2015 in the fields of Medieval Chinese Literature from the 3rd to the 9th Century (Prof. Ping Wang), Early Chinese Literature (Prof. Martin Kern), and Chinese Buddhism (Prof. Stephen Teiser).
Tom MAZANEC is assistant professor of premodern Chinese literature and cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After attaining an MA from CU Boulder in 2011 with an emphasis in Chinese and comparative literature, he went on to earn his PhD from Princeton University in 2017. His main area of expertise is medieval Chinese poetry and religion. Other research interests include translation, poetics, digital humanities, and world literature.
Xiaojing MIAO graduated with her doctorate from CU Boulder in May 2019 and is now the Stanley Ho Junior Research Fellow in Chinese at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. Her primary research focus is medieval Chinese literature and culture (roughly 100 to 900 CE), with secondary focuses on rhetoric, historiography, and humor studies. Currently, she is working on her first book manuscript, tentatively titled Mirrors and Masks: Showing Selves in Tang Literature (618-766), which explores Tang literati’s self-representation.
Travis MYERS completed his MA in Chinese Literature at CU Boulder in 2021. He is currently a PhD student in the Department of Theology at Saint Louis University. His research interests include early Chinese thought, Christian theology, and comparative religions and theology.
John O’LEARY (MA CU Boulder, 2017) is currently a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. His research focuses on canon formation, commentarial traditions, and the development of cultural identity in the early imperial period.
Jonathan PETTIT came to Boulder in 2001 and studied Tang poetry and Daoism. After his graduation in 2004 he went on to Indiana University where he received a dual doctoral degree in Chinese Literature and Religious Studies in 2013. Currently, he is assistant professor of Chinese Religions at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa. His research projects focus on the circulation of Daoist scriptures in medieval and late imperial China. At UHM, Jonathan teaches courses on Chinese religions and Daoist literature. He also leads regular study abroad tours in Taiwan, China, and Greater Tibet. In addition, he is the book review editor for Review on Religion and Chinese Society.
Xiao RAO (MA CU Boulder, 2013) is currently an Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In 2019, he received his PhD from Stanford University with a specialization in premodern Chinese literature. His research interests include literary history, religion, and literati culture in medieval China, cultural studies of laughter, and premodern Chinese storytelling.
Ann RODDY had more than twenty years’ experience studying Chinese and working as cultural consultant and interpreter for international cultural and business ventures throughout China when she graduated from CU Boulder in 2016. She went on to pursue an MLIS degree from Simmons University and became the first Library Director and Asian Collections Curator at the Elling Eide Research Center. Since 2020 she is Head of the China Section in the Asian and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress. Ann is a prolific writer, painter and poet.
Dominic TOSCANO received his M.A. in Chinese literature from CU Boulder in 2016 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His dissertation explores the role played by several eighth-century poetry anthologies in creating the poetic styles and values that would later come to define the oft-mythologized age known as the High Tang. His scholarly interests lie mainly in the literary, intellectual, and social history of early and medieval China, though he also maintains an abiding interest in religious studies, the classical traditions of the West, and the literature and history of England during the Middle Ages and Reformation.
Robin VISSER (MA CU Boulder, 1994) obtained her doctorate in Chinese literature from Columbia University in 2000, and is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has translated and published numerous articles on Chinese and Taiwanese literature, urban cultural studies, women’s studies, and cinema. Her first book, Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China (Duke UP, 2010), analyzes Chinese urban planning, architecture, fiction, cinema, art and cultural studies at the turn of the twenty-first century. She is Chief Co-editor of the Chinese-language Journal of East Asian Humanities (Dongya renwen 東亞人文), editorial board member for Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, and recipient of a 2017–18 National Humanities Center fellowship for research on Sinophone eco-literature.
WANG Ping (PhD, University of Washington, 2006; MA CU Boulder, 2000) specializes in classical Chinese literature and culture. She has published books and articles on early medieval court culture, literary production, and intellectual trends in the large geographical area that we now call China. Before coming to the University of Washington, Seattle, Ping taught at Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
WANG Gang (Richard G. Wang) (MA CU Boulder, 1993; PhD University of Chicago, 1999) taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Swarthmore College. Currently, he is associate professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Florida. His areas of interest are Daoism, fiction, and religion and Chinese literature of late imperial China, especially Daoism and local society in the Ming as well as the religious dimensions of Ming novels. He is the author of Maoshan zhi [Maoshan gazetteer] (2016), The Ming Prince and Daoism: Institutional Patronage of an Elite (2012), The Ming Erotic Novella: Genre, Consumption, and Religiosity in Cultural Practice (2012), and Religion and State in Local Society in Late Imperial and Modern China (in Chinese, co-edited with Li Tiangang, 2007).
Wenfei WANG is currently a PhD student of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. She studies the literature, and visual culture of early modern (Ming and Qing) China with a special interest in the questions of transmediality, and epistemology in response to the problematics of modernity. Wenfei holds a B. A. in Chinese Literature (2012), and an M. A. in Film Studies from Nanjing University (2015), and a second M. A. in Chinese Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2020). She used to work as a curator, translator, and art critic of contemporary Chinese art in Beijing.
Dr. Yanning WANG graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2003 with an MA degree in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Chinese literature. While at CU, she also worked as a teaching assistant for Chinese language courses of various levels. She then completed her PhD degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Chinese at Florida State University.
YANG Xiaobin (MA CU Boulder, 1991) is a poet, critic and graphic artist. He is the author of nine volumes of poetry in Chinese and a number of critical/scholarly works, including The Chinese Postmodern (University of Michigan Press, 2002). Having earned his PhD at Yale University and taught at the University of Mississippi, Yang Xiaobin is now Research Professor at Academia Sinica (Taiwan).
Zhuming YAO (MA CU Boulder, 2016) works primarily on early Chinese literature, with particular interests in the composition, transmission, and reception of early and early medieval texts, both transmitted and archeologically excavated. He is also interested in comparative antiquity, and works regularly with classicists on poetics and historiography.
Sarah ZANOLINI has been practicing traditional East Asian medicine since 2012. She received her M.A. from the ALC department in 2018, after completing a thesis under the supervision of Professor Terry Kleeman that examined paired medical manuscripts from Dunhuang. She is currently a PhD student in the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on Chinese Medicine, including geographic determinants of health, the relationship between diet and healing, and popular medical remedies in late imperial China.
Leting ZHENG (M.A. CU Boulder, 2020) is currently a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at University of Oregon. Her research interests include Chinese children’s literature and history in the early 20th century, and Cantonese studies.
Yaling ZHOU (M.A. CU Boulder, 2019) is a PhD student in Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In her research she aims to make the methods of New Historicism productive for the study of philosophical texts from the Warring States period. In particular she is asking how historical conditions possibly directed the way intellectual history was developed and reconstructed in early China.
Xi ZHU received his MA degree in Chinese from CU Boulder in May 2013. Currently he is a PhD student in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington. His research focuses on early China, with particular interests in manuscript studies, textual criticism, writing system, and historical phonology.
Lani Alden received her M.A. in Japanese from CU Boulder in 2018 and wrote her Master's thesis on the development of the conceptualization of the onnagata, as it relates to gender performance and performativity, across time. During this time, she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the East Asian Languages and Cultures department at the University of California at Berkeley. Her most recent research utilizes queer theory and posthumanism and is focused around the kabuki theatre of the late Edo period.
Brad BREITEN received his MA in the Asian Languages and Civilizations Department in 2016, having completing a thesis under Professor Janice Brown, entitled "The Butoh Body Performed: Aesthetic and embodiment in butoh dance." His research included movement, phenomenology of dance, Japanese avant-garde performance and Japanese traditional performance. Breiten is currently employed as an Assistant Language Teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Iwamizawa-shi, Hokkaido, Japan. Through this program, he teaches at three different schools: two elementary schools and one junior-high school. As the ALT for a junior-high school Breiten is responsible for helping Japanese Teachers of English (JTE) in executing their lesson plans and assisting with pronunciation and listening practice both in and out of the classroom. At the elementary level his schools have no JTEs and he is responsible for all lesson planning, teaching, and class management. Many of the skills Breiten developed as a graduate teacher and departmental lead at CU Boulder serve him well as an ALT on the JET program, and the training he received to get the Graduate Teacher Program Certificate in College Teaching has been invaluable, not only as a teacher and member of school faculty, but as a member of the community as a whole.
William BRYANT received his MA in Japanese from CU Boulder in 2014. His research focuses on setsuwa literature, particularly that of the late Heian period. He has a forthcoming collaborative translation with ALC’s Keller Kimbrough of Tamamizu monogatari, a sixteenth century story, slated to be published in 2018. Since leaving CU, William has worked as a historical research assistant and is currently a freelance translator.
Patrick CHIMENTI received his M.A. in Japanese from CU Boulder in 2018 and wrote his Master’s thesis on the early work of the Japanese writer Takeda Taijun. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His research interests include interwar and postwar Japanese literature, Japanese intellectual history, the role of art-making and media in the formation of political ideology, and the expression of historical trauma in literature and media.
Brendan Craine received his M.A. in Japanese Literature from the department in 2017 as a graduate of the Bachelor’s-Accelerated Master's (BAM) degree program. His studies were focused primarily on modern Japanese language and translation. As an undergraduate, his personal essay A Cicada Shell/It Sang Itself/Utterly Away was selected for multiple awards, including the national Norman Mailer Four-Year College Writing Award (beating out submissions from Stanford and Yale). After graduating, Brendan pursued additional language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Yokohama and is currently the head editor and translation coordinator at Export Japan, a web marketing and content creation firm based in Osaka. Since 2018, he has written or edited over 750 expository texts on a variety of subjects relating to Japanese religious, cultural, and natural history as part of an ongoing project operated by the Japan Tourism Agency.
Raechel DUMAS (Ph.D in Japanese, University of Colorado at Boulder) is Assistant Professor of Humanities at San Diego State University. She specializes in the gender politics of contemporary Japanese popular culture, with emphasis on female monstrosity in the trans-media imagination. Her other areas of research include horror television and film, animal studies, video gaming, and trauma narratives in a global context. Dr. Dumas is author of The Monstrous-Feminine in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Popular Culture, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Science Fiction Studies, Supernatural Studies, Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, and South Atlantic Review.
Charlie GOODWIN graduated with an MA in Japanese literature from CU, and stayed to teach Beginning Japanese as an Assistant Language Instructor for two years after that. A published fiction writer, Charlie now lives in Vienna, Austria, and often travels to Japan to write.
Ben GRAFSTRÖM received his MA from the Asian Languages and Civilizations Department in 2009. He focused on Japanese literature and completed a thesis under the guidance of Professor R. Keller Kimbrough on the topic of kōwakamai, a narrative performance genre popular from the late Muromachi period to the early Edo period. As kōwakamai narratives are largely based on war tales, Grafström chose three pieces featuring the warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his loyal retainer Saitō Musashibō Benkei as the focus of his thesis. During his time at CU he worked as a graduate assistant for the Center for Asian Studies developing educational outreach lessons for the Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA). He is currently an Assistant Professor at Akita University (Japan).
After obtaining a Master’s degree in Japanese literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Leah JUSTIN-JINICH entered the PhD program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2016. Her dissertation explores the complex social ties between the poet and author Ōta Nanpo (1749–1823) and four artists of the commercial ukiyo-e school of painting and print-making by examining the inscribed paintings that they created together.
Drew KORSCHUN received his M.A. in Japanese from CU Boulder in 2019. After stints as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Mongolia and teaching Korean language in a Texas high school, he is currently a Ph.D. student in the East Asian Languages and Cultures department at the University of California at Berkeley. He plans to focus on the literary production of the Japanese Empire, especially early twentieth-century writing from Japan, Korea, and Northeast China. In particular, he hopes to investigate how Japanese and ethnically othered writers inscribe disability and queerness into their texts to reinforce or undermine the colonial state’s narratives of capitalism, heteropatriarchal control, and ‘productive' citizenry.
Danielle Rocheleau SALAZ
Danielle Rocheleau SALAZ is the Executive Director of the CU Center for Asian Studies. During graduate school, Danielle spent the 1998-99 school year at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. Upon returning to Colorado, she accepted a full-time job at the newly-opened Consulate General of Japan in Denver, where she worked for six years as the Assistant to the Consul General. She completed her MA in Japanese Language and Civilization in 2000. Since 2005, Danielle has been back at CU helping to promote Asian studies across campus through grant writing and CAS programming. She began an annual summer internship program in Japan for CU students in 2016.
Hisako SCHIBLI received her MA in Japanese in 2010, having completed a thesis under Professor Laurel Rodd on the topic of teaching particles to young heritage learners of Japanese. She taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Red Rocks Community College before joining CU as a lecturer in 2015. She became an instructor in Fall 2018. She is also concurrently Director of the Japanese Academy of the Rockies, which provides unique experiences for children through adults to help them learn, maintain and develop Japanese language skills.
Eric SIERCKS (MA CU Boulder, 2015) is currently a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at CU Boulder, he focused on contemporary Japanese literature and non-native Japanese authors. Currently, he specializes in postwar Japanese literature and intellectual history. His dissertation explores theories of nationalism and national literature in the immediate postwar period, 1946-1955. His archival research focuses on locally and independently produced literary journals from Japan’s rural periphery.
Tanya TOPOLIAN received her Dual MA degree from the Departments of Asian Languages and Civilizations and Religious Studies at CU Boulder. Her master's thesis, completed under the supervision of Professor Terry Kleeman, focused on understanding the concept of "foreign" in late Mito scholars' writings. Tanya is currently a research student at the University of Tokyo, where she continues working on intellectual history of Early Modern Japan.