Podcast Guest Bios

Hwaji Shin is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco. Her research is centered in political sociology, with an emphasis on social movements, race and ethnicity, categorical and spatial inequality, globalization, colonialism, and the history, theory and sociology of migration, citizenship, and nationalism.

Vyjayanthi Selinger is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at Bowdoin College. Her research examines literary representations of conflict in medieval Japan, using conflict as the key node to examine war memory, legal and ritual constraints on war, Buddhist mythmaking, and women in war. 

Takashi Fujitani is a Professor in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Toronto. His research is focused on the intersections of nationalism, race, gender, war, and memory in East Asian history and Asian American history.

Leo Ching is a Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. His research interests include postcolonial theory, theories of globalization and regionalism, and colonial discourse studies.

Andrea Mendoza is an Assistant Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at UC San Diego. Her research areas are in critical race studies, transpacific studies, and East Asian and Latin American literatures and visual cultures.

Zelideth Rivas is an Associate Professor of Japanese at Marshall University. Her research interests include mixed race studies and Asian and Latin American literature.

Mika Kennedy is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Kalamazoo College. Her research examines narratives of Japanese American incarceration, and she is the curator of Exiled to Motown: Japanese Americans in Detroit.

Annmaria Shimabuku is the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor at NYU. Her research is centered in the intersection of postcolonial Japanese Studies, Okinawan Studies, and literary/political theory.

Reginald Jackson is Associate Professor of premodern Japanese literature and performance at the University of Michigan. His research interests include Heian literature, medieval visual culture, Noh dance-drama, contemporary choreography, queer studies, and comparative histories of racialization and enslavement.