Reginald Jackson is Associate Professor of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on Premodern Japanese literature and performance, art history (calligraphy, sculpture, and narrative handscrolls), critical theory, performance studies, comparative poetics and dramaturgy, gender studies, African American literature and performance, and translation.

Sophie Hasuo is a second-year graduate student in the Masters in International and Regional Studies program at the University of Michigan, specializing in Japanese Studies. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America in 2019. Her research focuses on politics of belonging and identity formation of ethnic minorities in Japan, as well as legacies of Japanese American incarceration.

Rachel Willis has a combination of academic and work-related experience in Afro-American and African Diaspora studies, quantitative and qualitative research support and design, and digital humanities/public history work. She completed her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan.

Harrison Watson is a Flint, MI native who graduated from the University of Michigan with B.A. degrees in Asian Studies and Biochemistry in 2020. His research interests include modern Japanese history, intersectional feminism, music, fashion, and sustainability. Recently, Harrison has been exploring sustainable textiles and fashion, and enjoys discussing the complexities of identity and culture as they relate to our position in the natural world.