Assistant Professor of Japanese and Director of East Asian Studies

Degrees: B.A., Tsuda College, Japan; M.A., John Carroll University; Ph.D.(ABD) Penn State University

Expertise: All levels of Japanese Language; Japanese Pedagogy; Japanese Popular Culture; Comparative Literature (writers in two cultures)

Kobe, Japan, native Keiko Nakano has been teaching at John Carroll University since 1992. She teaches all levels of Japanese courses: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Japanese. She also teaches Japanese Society and Culture, and Japanese Popular Culture. Her special interests are in the area of transnational writers’ works and post war Japanese writers. Her recent articles are “Where is My Home: Language and Identity,” Proceedings of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies (2002), and “Nomadic Writers in Japan and America: Language, Identity and Home,” International Journal of the Humanities 1 (2003). She is in the process of completing her dissertation, “Emergence of a New Stream in Contemporary Japanese Literature: Language, Identity, and Home,” (in comparative literature at the Pennsylvania State University).

Language Section: Japanese
Languages Taught:
Other Languages Read or Spoken: French
Country of Birth: Japan

Community Service / Organizations
Civic, Cultural, Ethnic Organization Affiliation or Membership:

  • Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio (JANO)