Nobuko Yamasaki joined the Kenyon College in 2014, after earning a Ph.D.in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. By exploring various figures of gendered and sexualized female workers, such as street prostitutes, hostesses, comfort women, teachers, idols, and actresses, her dissertation, Fragmenting History: Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of Empire, revealed that women’s bodies were highly contested territories of knowledge in the Japanese Empire. Outside of academic pursuit, she enjoys practicing Kendô, which she started when she was little. She holds a rank of Kendô 3rd dan. Also, she enjoys Japanese tea ceremony (Urasenke Sadô), calligraphy, hiking, and yoga.
Gender and Sexuality; Japanese Literature and Culture; Comparative Literature; Japanese Empire