"My research interests stem from my fundamental interest in the intersection of literary aesthetics and cultural politics: these include the novel in a comparative context, Translation Studies, Urban Studies, interpretive communities and literary coteries, and popular culture."
Years at Knox: 2011 to present
Ph.D. candidate, University at California, Berkeley.
M.A., Japanese Literature, 2006, University of California, Berkeley.
B.A., English, 1996, University of California, Davis.
Japanese language and literature
Mellon Foundation Faculty Career Enhancement Award, Knox College, 2011-2012.
Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of
California, Berkeley, Graduate Fellow, 2010-2011.
U.C. Society of Fellows in the Humanities, member, 2010-2011.
Fulbright IIE Graduate Research Fellow, 2007-2008.
Foreign Language & Area Studies Award (FLAS), University of California, Berkeley 2001- 2002.
"Exploring International Urban Spaces in Japanese Travel Narratives of the Late Nineteenth Century," on Panel 515 "Urban Culture: Literature and the City in Early Modern Asia," Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Seattle, January 7, 2012.
"Rambling with Style: Exploring International Entrepots in Japanese Travel Narratives of the Late 19th Century," Spatial Imaginaries and Critical Geographies Across the Pacific, UC Santa Cruz, February 27, 2010.
"Strike! Representations of Crowds and Violence in the works of Kobayashi Takiji and other contemporary cultural productions," presented in absentia2008 Kobayashi Takiji Memorial Symposium at Oxford, Oxford University, England, September 2008.
"Noguchi Hiroshi's Proletarian Aesthetics" on panel "Japanese Proletarian Literature," Association for Asian Studies, Boston Massachusetts, March 2007.Campus & Community Involvement
Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Member, Association of Asian Studies (AAS).
Member, Association for Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS).
Member, Early Modern Japan Network, a subgroup of AAS.
Member, Kanagaki Robun kenkyûkai, hosted by the Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan.
Member, Modern Language Association (MLA).
Member, Premodern Japanese Studies (PMJS).
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder was selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $1,750 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.