Faculty and Staff

General contact


Mark Hansell
Mark Hansell Profile
Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese
Chair of Asian Languages & Literature

Office Hours:  Monday 12:30-1:30 pm, Tuesday 3:30-4:30 pm, Wednesday 2:00-3:00 pm; 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
Off Campus: Winter 2016

Office Hours:  Monday 10:00-11:00 am, Tuesday, 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, available for download here. She is developing a digitized computer program for listening and reading practice.

Noboru Tomonari
Noboru Tomonari Profile
Associate Professor of Japanese
Coordinator of East Asian Studies
Off Campus: Spring 2016

Office Hours:  Monday, Wednesday 5:00-6:00 pm, and Tuesday, Thursday  3:10-4:10 pm; or 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.

Shaohua Guo Profile
Assistant Professor of Chinese

Office Hours: Monday 11:10 am- 12:40 pm, and Wednesday 3:00-4:30 pm; or 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
Visiting Instructor in Japanese

Office Hours:   Monday 2:00-3:00 pm, Tuesday 2:30-3:30 pm, Wednesday 10:00-11:00 am and Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm; or 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.  


Faye Merritt
Faye Merritt Profile
Visiting Instructor in Chinese

Office Hours:  Monday 10:00-11:00 am, Tuesday 9:45-10:45 am, and Thursday 12:00-1:00 pm; or by appointment

Zhejiang University, (Hangzhou, People's Republic of China), B.A.in English Language and Literature; Utah State University, (Logan, Utah), M.A. in Second Language Teaching.

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
Administrative Assistant in Asian Languages and Literatures
Administrative Assistant in Classics
Administrative Assistant in Middle Eastern Languages
Aihua Guo
Flower Guo
Chinese Language Associate

Office Hours (in LDC 202): Monday, Tuesday 7:30-9:30 pm, and Wednesday 7:30-8:30 pm

Kozue Kuwaki
Kozue Kuwaki
Japanese Language House Resident & Language Associate

Office Hours (in LDC 204): Monday 6:30-7:30 pm, Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm, Wednesday 7:00-8:00 pm, and Sunday 6:30-8:30 pm