Undergraduate Language Grant Recipients

Inaugural Phyllis Lyons Lectures in Japanese Studies Focus on Literary and Performative Cultures

Global Humanities Initiative announces winners of new translation prize

ASG Faculty Honor Roll

Three of our faculty received Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty Honor Roll this year!
Congratulations, Laura Brueck, Licheng Gu and Jingjing Ji!

Welcome New Faculty

  • Beginning in the Fall of 2016, David Boyk will join the department from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in History. His dissertation is entitled “Provincial Urbanity: Intellectuals and Public Life in Patna, 1880-1930​." He will teach language and literature courses in Hindi and Urdu.
  • Beginning in the Fall of 2016, Thomas Gaubatz will join the department from the Columbia University, New York, were he is expected to earn Ph.D. this year. His dissertation is entitled “Townsman Literatures—Narrating Urban Identity in Early Modern Japan.”  This fall he will teach Reading and Writing Desire: Love, Courtship, and Gender in Premodern Japanese Literature.

ALC 2016 Spring Newsletter


  • to Jaclyn Zhou, a rising senior double majoring in Journalism and Chinese language and culture, for receiving the Summer Undergraduate Research Grant AND the Franke Undergraduate Fellowship for Innovative Humanities Scholarship for AY 2016-2017!
  • to alumnus Marina Williams on getting accepted to Fletcher School of International Studies at Tufts!

Mahindra Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellowship

Corey Byrnes, assistant professor of Chinese literature, was awarded a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. The theme is “slow violence,” a concept that comes out of Rob Nixon’s eco-inflected literary studies, and it links very well with his current project.

Publication of Essential Urdu Dictionary

Timsal Masud, visiting assistant professor, recently published Essential Urdu Dictionary by Teach Yourself! This is especially exciting because up until now there was no accessible dictionary for the Urdu learners.

Exploring American and Japanese Literature

Andrew Leong, Assistant Professor of English and Japanese, explored an archive of literary works that addressed what makes a national literature. He is currently writing a book exploring how the works he translated and interpreted can provide new insights about both American and Japanese Literature.