Faculty & Staff

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Shaohua Guo
Shaohua Guo Profile
Assistant Professor of Chinese

Office Hours: Tuesday 3:10-4:10 pm, Thursday Noon-1:00 pm and 3:10-4:10 pm; and by appointment

Beijing Normal University, (Beijing, Peoples Republic of China), B.A., M.A.; The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D; cultural studies of new media, Chinese literature, film and culture.

Miaki Habuka
Miaki Habuka Profile
Instructor in Japanese

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 2:00-3:00 pm, Tuesday 3:00-4:00 pm, Thursday 1:30-3:00 pm; and by appointment

Miyagi Gakuin Women’s College, B.A.; University of Northern Iowa, M.A.; University of St. Thomas, M.A.  Basic concepts of Japanese Language Teaching, Content based instructions, Reading Strategies, Integrating Technology into Teaching Japanese, & Designing Business Japanese Curriculums taken from University of Colorado. Growing interest in incorporating technology into teaching/learning languages and the flipped classroom.  


Mark Hansell
Mark Hansell Profile
Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese
Off Campus: Spring 2020

Office Hours:  Monday 3:00-4:00 pm,  Tuesday 2:30-3:30 pm, and Thursday 9:30-10:30 am; or by appointment

McGill University B.A.; University of California, Berkeley M.A. Ph.D.; Chinese language and linguistics, especially language contact, lexical borrowing; writing systems; Southeast Asian historical linguistics.

Mariko Kaga enjoying Kyoto's cherry blossums.
Mariko Kaga Profile
Class of 1952 Professor of Asian Languages

Office Hours:  Monday 11:00-Noon,  Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-3:30 pm; or by appointment 

Kobe Kaisei Women's College, B.A.; University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), M.A., Ph.D.; Japanese language and language pedagogy, especially measures of proficiency. Professor Kaga has also co-authored a computer program, Exercises in Japanese Counters and Kana. She is developing a digitized computer program for listening and reading practice.

Noboru Tomonari, Associate Professor of Japanese
Noboru Tomonari Profile
Associate Professor of Japanese
Chair of Asian Languages & Literature

Office Hours:  Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm, Wednesday 3:10-4:10 pm, Thursday 2:00-3:00 pm, Friday 3:30-4:30 pm; and by appointment

Sophia University B. A., Tsukuba University M. Ed., Monash University M. A., University of Chicago, PhD; modern and contemporary Japanese literature, cinema, manga, and language, especially autobiographies and works by minorities in Japan.

Lei Yang
Lei Yang Profile
Assistant Professor of Chinese

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:45-11:45  am, Wednesday 2:00-3:00 pm, Friday 9:00-10:00 am; and by appointment

Emeriti Faculty

Kathryn Sparling
Kathryn Sparling Profile
Tanaka Memorial Professor of International Understanding and Japanese, Emerita

Stanford, B.A.; Ochanomizu University, M.A.; Harvard, Ph.D.; Japanese language and literature, especially modern fiction, with particular emphasis on Natsume Soseki, Mishima Yukio, Shimao Toshio, and fiction by contemporary Japanese women. Growing interest in English language fiction by Indian women.


Jean Sherwin
Jean Sherwin
Administrative Assistant in Asian Languages and Literatures
Administrative Assistant in Classics
Administrative Assistant in Middle Eastern Languages
Junya Shimada, Japanese Language Associate
Junya Shimada
Japanese Language Associate

Office Hours (in LDC 204): Sunday 7:30-9:30 pm, Wednesday 9:00-10:00 pm, Thursday 9:30-10:30 pm 

Xuemin Xu, Chinese Language Associate
Xuemin Xu
Chinese Language Associate

Office Hours: (in LDC 201) Tuesday 4:00-5:00 pm, Friday 12:30-2:30 pm, and Sunday 2:30-4:30 pm