German/Russian/East Asian Languages • Asian Studies
Joan Ericson


German/Russian/East Asian Languages, Asian Studies 

Professor of Japanese, Joan Ericson teaches Japanese literature, language, and culture courses. Raised in Japan, she is bilingual and bicultural, and holds degrees in Japanese Literature from the University of Hawai'i and Columbia University. She has published on the development of the concept of modern Japanese women's literature, and is embarking on a new project on the representation of childhood and children's literature. During the academic year 2010-2011, she was a Fulbright Research Scholar at Doshisha University in Kyoto.

Ericson recently organized an exhibition and series of events called Voices from Japan: Perspectives on Disaster and Hope that is held at Colorado College. This program presents art generated after the March 2011 disasters in Japan.

Contact Info

(719) 389-6567

Armstrong Hall #339

Areas: Japanese Language, Japanese Literature, Japanese Culture 

First year at Colorado College: 1996



B.A., French, California Lutheran College

M.A., French Literature, University of Southern California

M.A., Japanese Literature, University of Hawaii at Manoa

M. Phil., Japanese Literature, Columbia University

Affiliated Research Student (Kenkyusei), Tokyo University

Ph.D., Japanese Literature, Columbia University