Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Program Recipients

Current Fellows – 2016

For archive of past fellows, please scroll down.

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Amin Ghadimi

Current position: PhD Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Project title: The Second Meiji Revolution: Democracy and the Japanese Empire, 1873-1890
Affiliation in Japan: University of Tokyo

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Joshua Mostow

Current position: Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Project title: The Hundred Poets and Early-Modern Literary Literacy
Affiliation in Japan: Gakushūin University


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Robert Pontsioen

Current position: Researcher, Asian Cultural History Program, Dept. of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Project title: Strategies for Cultural Heritage Preservation: Traditional Craft Practice and Promotion in Tokyo
Affiliation in Japan: University of Tsukuba

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Mark Rowe

Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University
Project title: Female Buddhist Priests in Contemporary Japan
Affiliation in Japan: N/A (short-term)

2010s

Show 2015 Recipients

Andrew Campana

Project title: Poetry Across Media in 20th-Century Japan

Namiko Kunimoto

Project title: Anxious Bodies – Gender and Nation in Postwar Japanese Art

Marie-Josée Lorrain

Project title: Improving Intra-Organizational Communication – A Lesson from Japanese Organizational Communication Practices

Aaron Peters

Project title: A Complicated Alliance: Indo-Japanese Relations, 1915-1947

Maxime Polleri

Project title: Nuclear Politics – A Study of Experience, Expertise and Science in Fukushima, Japan

Marc Steinberg

Project title: Media Strategies around Contents and Platforms in Japan

Show 2014 Recipients

Scott W. Aalgaard

Project title: Marginal Borderlands – Tracing Critical Voices on Japan’s Peripheral Frontiers

Jeffrey Alexander

Project title: Working for Johnny Walker – Prestige, Masculinity, and Whisky Advertising in Postwar Japan

Ken Coates

Project title: Responding to the 21st Century – Economic Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Areas and Small Towns in Hokkaido

Joel Legassie

Project title: Knowing the North Country – Orders of Information in Modern Hokkaido, Japan 1869-1941

Show 2013 Recipients

Myriam Grondin

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Montreal
Affiliation in Japan: Tokushima Prefectural Museum
Project title: Rupture, Transmission and Intermingling of Iya Heritage in Modern Times

Kazue Harada

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Washington University in St. Louis
Affiliation in Japan: Keio University
Project title: Japanese Women’s Science Fiction in the Post-1970s – Liminal Bodies and the Representation of Gender

Konrad Kalicki

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia
Affiliation in Japan: University of Tokyo
Project title: Interests, Institutions, and the Politics of Managed Labour Migration in Japan, South Korea and Sweden

Tsuyoshi Ono

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta
Affiliation in Japan: N/A (short-term)
Project title: Completing the Transcription – Analysis and Translation of Ikema Textual Material

Andre Sorensen

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, University of Toronto
Affiliation in Japan: University of Tokyo
Project title: Planning Processes – Visitors and Actions for Reconstruction and Revitalization in Iwate and Miyagi after 3/11

Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of Film Studies, Carleton University
Affiliation in Japan: Kyoto University
Project title: Restoring Colonial Memories – Japanese Cinema in Taiwan from 1895-1945

Kevin Wilson

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of History, University of Southern California
Affiliation in Japan: Daito Bunka University
Project title: Classical and Medieval Period Temple and Shrine Foundation Legends and the Hachiman Cult

Show 2012 Recipients

Joshua Baxter

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Affiliation in Japan: University of Tokyo
Project title: Nation, Capital, and the Sacred – A Historical Analysis of Yasukuni Shrine

Melanie Coughlin

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, McGill University
Affiliation in Japan: Kyoto University
Project title: Nishitani’s Engagement with German Philosophy

Akane D’Orangeville

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Montreal
Affiliation in Japan: Wako University
Project title: Mental Health, Cultural Communities and Youth in Urban Japan – Creatively Helping Each Other

Darcy Gauthier

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Toronto
Affiliation in Japan: Sophia University
Project title: A Cross-Cultural Study of Ghost Narratives

Alexey Lushchenko

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of History, University of British Columbia
Affiliation in Japan: Aoyama Gakuin University
Project title: Transformations of Genpei War Discourse in Premodern Japan and East Asia – Cultural Exchange, Language Choice, and Visions of the Past

Show 2011 Recipients

Suzanne Beth

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of Montreal
Affiliation in Japan: Nagoya University
Project title: Methodology in Intercultural Film Studies

James Manicom

Position at time of fellowship: Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo
Affiliation in Japan: Ocean Policy Research Foundation
Project title: Bridging Troubled Waters – China, Japan, and the 21st-Century Maritime Order in East Asia

Mikhail Molchanov

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, St. Thomas University
Affiliation in Japan: Aoyama Gakuin University
Project title: Regionalism in Eurasia and Japan’s Promotion of East Asian Community

Cam Van Thi Phan

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of British Columbia
Affiliation in Japan: Kyoto University
Project title: Repentance Rituals – From the Textual Tradition to Religious Practices in Pre-Modern China

Martin Picard

Position at time of fellowship: Research Scholar, McGill University
Affiliation in Japan: Wako University
Project title: The Culture of Japanese Video Games

Geoffrey Rockwell

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, University of Alberta
Affiliation in Japan: Ritsumeikan University
Project title: Japanese Videogame Culture and Augmented Reality Games for Learning

Alexis Sornin

Position at time of fellowship: Head, Study Centre, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Affiliation in Japan: N/A (short-term)
Project title: CCA Library Reference Collection on Modern and Contemporary Japanese Architecture

Show 2010 Recipients

Jodie Beck

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, McGill University
Affiliation in Japan: Nihon University
Project title: Contesting Fictions – Japanese Feminist Speculative and Science Fiction

Ken Coates

Position at time of fellowship: Professor of History and Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo
Affiliation in Japan: N/A (short-term)
Project title: Digital Media in Japan – The Content Revolution

Anne Commons

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta
Affiliation in Japan: Osaka University
Project title: Shunrai’s Poetic Essentials – Canon Formation and Anecdotal Evidence in the Toshiyori Suino

Gideon Fujiwara

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of British Columbia
Affiliation in Japan: Hirosaki University
Project title: Spirituality and Identity in 19th-Century Japan – Hirata Nativism and the Tsugaru Group

Kimie Hara

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, University of Waterloo
Affiliation in Japan: Kyoto University
Project title: After San Francisco – The Post-World War II Japanese Peace Treaty and the Regional Conflicts

Carin Holroyd

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo
Affiliation in Japan: N/A (short-term)
Project title: National Innovation and Environmental Technologies in Japan

2000s

Show 2009 Recipients

Michael Berthin

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, London School of Economics & Political Science
Project title: An Ethnographic Examination of Social Robots in Japan

Sean Callaghan

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Project title: Collectivities in Conflict – Life, Nation, and Affect in Prewar Japan

Eric Cazdyn

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Project title: Japanese Film Without Japan

Christopher Craig

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Columbia University
Project title: The Middlemen of Modernity – Local Notables and Rural Development, 1890-1930

Aegean Leung

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, University of Victoria
Project title: Entrepreneurship as a Career Path of Highly Educated Japanese Women

Ken McLeod

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Project title: Narrating a Narration – Visual Kei and Japanese Identity

Jonathan Service

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Harvard University
Project title: Modernizing Music in Meiji Japan

Show 2008 Recipients

Jeffrey Alexander

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Project title: Brewing and Distilling Success—The Postwar Recovery and Growth of Japan’s Beer and Spirit Producers

David Anderson

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia
Project title: Visitors’ Memories of the Aichi World Exposition 2005—A Study of the Psychology of Long-term Memory

Victor Hori

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University
Project title: Little Jade—Language, Experience and Scholarship in Zen

Andrew Kamei-Dyche

Position at time of fellowship: PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Southern California
Project title: The Making of Modern Japanese Intellectual Culture—The Publisher Iwanami Shoten, 1913-1965

Satsuki Kawano

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Guelph
Project title: A Sociocultural Analysis of Family Formation Processes in Contemporary Japan—The Perceptions of Available Resources to Raise one More Child among Married Parents of a Pre-school Child

Tsuyoshi Ono

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta
Project title: The Ikema Project—Toward Audio and Video Documentation of Grammar and Discourse

Ming Tiampo

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Carleton University
Project title: Cartographies of Gutai

Show 2007 Recipients

Franz D. Hofer

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Cornell University
Project title: Making History (into) Matter—Visual Representations of Traumatic Pasts in Postwar Japan and Germany

Namiko Kunimoto

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of California, Berkeley
Project title: Portraits of the Sun—Violence and Nationhood in the Art of the Gutai Group

Levi McLaughlin

Position at time of fellowship: Graduate student, Princeton University
Project title: Soka Gakkai from the Ground up—A History and Ethnography of Soka Gakkai

Simon Nantais

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of Victoria
Project title: Koreans under the American Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

Robin O’Day

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of British Columbia
Project title: Japan (Re)Structured—Under-employed Youth and Emerging Social Justice Movements

Alwyn Spies

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Project title: Global Grannies—A Cross-cultural Comparison of Older Women’s Reactions and Responses to ‘Winter Sonata’

X. Jie Yang

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, University of Calgary
Project title: A Study on Narration of Medieval Picture Scrolls

Show 2006 Recipients

Matthew Linley

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Australian National University
Project title: Can Public Diplomacy Affect Foreign Policy Attitude? A Comparison of Japanese Public Diplomacy in China and South Korea

Rositsa Mutafchieva

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, McGill University
Project title: The Construction of Buraku Vernacular in Contemporary Japan

Hisako Omori

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, McMaster University
Project title: Modernity, Globalization, and Negotiated Identity—An Ethnographic Study of Roman Catholicism in Contemporary Japan

Yuko Yamade

Position at time of fellowship: Lecturer, Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Montreal
Project title: Project title: Japanese Women Translators in Meiji Japan—Origin of Women’s Writings and Cultural Translation

Show 2005 Recipients

James Gellert

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Lakehead University
Project title: A Comparative Study of Popular Japanese and European Folktales

Seng Kuan

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Harvard University
Project title: Tange Kenzo and his Circle—The Internationalization of a Modernist

Dominic Steavu-Balint

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Stanford University
Project title: Seals of the Stars—Daoist Elements in Japanese Religion

James Tiessen

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
Project title: Japan’s Top Hospitals—The Emergence and Identification of Best Practices

Show 2004 Recipients

David Edgington

Position at time of fellowship: Director, Centre for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia
Project title: Multicultural Planning in Japanese Cities

Caitlin Griffiths

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of Toronto
Project title: Itinerant Nuns and Monks of Medieval Japan

Nam Lin Hur

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Project title: Zen Monks and the Japanese Invasion of Chosen Korea, 1592-1598—The Case of Seisho Jotai

Satoshi Ikeda

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
Project title: Japan’s Failed Modernization and the Crisis of Ideology—East Asian Regional and World System Analyses of Seclusionism, Emperorism, and Corporocentrism

Ken Kawashima

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Project title: Colonialism, Culture and Korean Labor Power in Japan (1917-1937)

Anne McKnight

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University
Project title: Nakagami Kenji and Postwar Minoritarian Literature

Livia Rodica Monnet

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Montreal
Project title: Women’s Cinema and New Media Art in Contemporary Japan: History, Theory, Criticism, and a Digital Archive

Show 2003 Recipients

Robert Carter

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Department of Philosophy, Trent University
Project title: The Practice of Ethics/ The Ethics of Practice

Mark Driscoll

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta
Project title: Japanese Modernism as Global Modernism—Re-situating the Erotic-Grotesque-Nonsense

Joel Perron

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of Toronto
Project title: Okakura Kazuko and Irreconcilable Japonismes

Romin Tafarodi

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Project title: Self-esteem in Japan and Canada—A Structural Analysis

Show 2002 Recipients

Christina Laffin

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Columbia University
Project title: Women and Cultural Production—A Socio-literary Critique of Heian and Kamakura Travel Diaries

Monica Dix

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of British Columbia
Project title: Women, Religion and Myth—Presentations of Chujohime in Religious and Secular Hand-Scroll Paintings

Show 2001 Recipients

Eric Cazdyn

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Project title: Globalization and Japan—Between Aesthetics and Political-Economy

 Jacob Kovalio

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Carleton University
Project title: Asianism in Japan and Asia Pacific—Meaning, Importance and Future Potential Impact

Show 2000 Recipients

Tsuyoshi Kawasaki

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University
Project title: Post-classical Realism as the Theoretical Foundation of Japanese Security Policy

Sharalyn Orbaugh

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Departments of Asian Studies and Women’s Studies, University of British Columbia
Project title: General Nogi’s Wife—Gender and Japanese Modernity

Catherine Osborne

Position at time of fellowship: Independent scholar
Project title: Japan in the Year 2001

Teri Jane Ursacki

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Project title: Changes in Managerial Promotion Practices in Japanese Corporations—Extent, Determinants and Consequences

Raymond Vézina

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, School of Design, Université du Québec à Montréal
Project title: A Study of Makoto Nakamura’s Posters for Shiseido

1990s

Show 1999 Recipients

Thomas Heyd

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, University of Victoria
Project title: Nature in Japanese Culture—Beyond Paradox

Wenran Jian

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, University of Alberta
Project title: Japan’s Response to the Rise of China as a Potential Superpower

Kerri Sakamoto

Position at time of fellowship: Writer
Project: Research for novel Love in the Flesh

Setsu Shigematsu

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, Cornell University
Project title: Second Wave Feminist Theory in Japan—Activists, Academics and the Media

Alwyn Spies

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of British Columbia
Project title: Reading the Self—Shoujo Fiction

Show 1998 Recipients

Jill Grant

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Project title: Planning Sustainable Communities in Japan

Nam Lin Hur

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Project title: Death and Social Order in the Tokugawa World

Jirina Marton

Position at time of fellowship: Author/ Illustrator
Project title: Japanese Myths and Tales in Western Culture

John McCarthy

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of Toronto
Project title: Modern Japanese Literature and National Origins

Joe Moore

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria
Project title: The Post-War Revival of Japanese Jazz

Show 1997 Recipients

Alan Belcher

Position at time of fellowship: Sculptor & Photographer
Project: Artist residency and research

Françoise Cormier

Position at time of fellowship: Artist
Project title: The Touched and the Untouched

Paul David Hoelzley

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Trinity Western University
Project title: N/A

Livia Rodica Monnet

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Department of Literature, Université de Montréal
Project title: Cinema and Cinematic Visuality in Japanese Culture in the 1920s and 1930s

Sinh Vinh

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta
Project title: N/A

Alan Thompson

Position at time of fellowship: PhD candidate, University of Toronto
Project title: Intercultural Varieties of English in Japan

Show 1996 Recipients

Yoko Collier-Sanuki

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, University of British Columbia
Project title: Functions of Subordinate Clauses in Japanese Conversational and Written Discourse

Jacob Kovalio

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Carleton University
Project title: Yudayakaron—Japanese Anti-Semitism as Ultranationalism

Laure Lynne Paquette

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, Lakehead University
Project title: Japan as the Linchpin of Canadian Policy in East Asia

Paul Parker

Position at time of fellowship: Professor, University of Waterloo
Project title: Japanese Trade and the Environment—An Evaluation of the Ecological Footprint of Japanese Commodity Trade

Catherine Russell

Position at time of fellowship: Associate Professor, Concordia University
Project title: Women in Japanese Film 1930-1960

Thomas Waldichuk

Position at time of fellowship: Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University
Project title: Quality of Life of the Elderly in Konjuka Settlements in Tokyo