Professor • Director of Graduate Study in Japanese
Asian Languages and Civilizations


Ph.D., Modern Japanese Literature, University of British Columbia, 1985
M.A., Modern Japanese Literature, University of British Columbia, 1979
B.A., Japanese Language, University of British Columbia, 1977

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia


Janice Brown received a BA in Japanese language, and an MA and PhD in Asian Studies (Modern Japanese Literature) from the University of British Columbia. She has been at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 2007, where she is Professor and current Chair of the department. Prior to coming to CU-Boulder, she was Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the author of Hayashi Fumiko: I Saw A Pale Horse and Selected Poems from Diary of a Vagabond, and Tarnished Words: The Poetry of Ōba Minako. Her areas of specialization are modern Japanese women writers, modern and contemporary Japanese women’s poetry, Japanese women’s literary history, and modern and contemporary Japanese fiction.

Selected Publications

2013 “Japanese Women's Poetry from Interwar to Pacific War: Navigating Heterogeneous Borderspace.” U.S.-Japan Women's Journal 45: 6-32.

2011 “Re-framing "Kawaii": Interrogating Global Anxieties Surrounding the Aesthetic of ‘Cute’ in Japanese Art and Consumer Products.” The International Journal of the Image 1, no. 2: 1-10.

2011 “Changing the Subject: Modernism and the Travel Poetry of Mori Michiyo.” In Rethinking Japanese Modernism, edited by Roy Starrs, 270-285. Leiden, Boston: Brill Global Oriental.