Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990. Main research interest in modern Japanese literature, including such authors as Kawabata Yasunari, Miyazawa Kenji, and Murakami Haruki, as well as in the epic, Romanticism, and Asian-American literature. Several publications about these topics, including Epic Grandeur: Toward a Comparative Poetics of the Epic (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997). A board member of the Southern Comparative Literature Association. Assistant Director of the Japanese Program at UGA.
Modern Japanese literature, Asian-American literature, epic traditions
Camp Notes and Other Writings by Mitsuye Yamada. Co-translated into Japanese with Prof. Naoki Ishihata. Tokyo: Shohakusha, 2004. 293 pp.
“Kawabata's Mirrored Poetics” Japan Studies Review 8 (2004): 51-68.
“Symbiotic Conflict in Snow Country” Japan Studies Review 11 (2007)