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Noboru Tomonari Bio
Chair of Asian Languages & Literature
Professor of Japanese
Phone: 507 222 5955

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:00 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.


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Lin Deng Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese
Phone: 507 222 5425

Office Hours: Mondays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 pm; and by appointment

Peking University, B.A. & M.A.; University of Washington, Ph.D.; Chinese linguistics, especially Old Chinese phonology, morphology, syntax, and paleography; early Chinese inscriptions.

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Shaohua Guo Bio
Associate Professor of Chinese
Off Campus: Fall 2021, Winter 2022
Phone: 507 222 5957

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45-2:00 pm, Fridays 9:15-9:45 am; 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.

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Miaki Habuka Bio
Instructor in Japanese
Phone: 507 222 4019

Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-2:30 pm, Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm, Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm, Thursdays 2:00-3:00 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.

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Faye Merritt Bio
Visiting Instructor in Chinese
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Kevin Mulholland Bio
Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese
Phone: 507 222 4006

Office Hours:  Mondays 12:00-1:00, Fridays 12:30-1:30; and by appointment

Indiana University, B.A.; University of Chicago, M.A.; University of Michigan, Ph.D.; Japanese literature, and book history.

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Chie Tokuyama Profile
Visiting Instructor in Japanese
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Lei Yang Bio
Assistant Professor of Chinese
Phone: 507 222 5448

University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A.; University of Pennsylvania Ph.D.; Premodern Chinese literature, especially historical narratives, classical texts, and literary theories in early China. Other interests include Chinese archeology and language pedagogy.


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Jean Sherwin
Administrative Assistant in Asian Languages and Literatures
Administrative Assistant in Classics
Administrative Assistant in Middle Eastern Languages
Phone: 507 222 5437

Office Hours: Working Remotely Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. But I’ll be in the office part-time on Mondays and Wednesdays. Email with questions.

Emeriti Faculty

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Mark Hansell Profile
Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, Emeritus
Phone: 507 222 5437

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.

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Mariko Kaga
Class of 1952 Professor of Asian Languages, Emerita
Phone: 507 222 5437

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.

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Kathryn Sparling
Tanaka Memorial Professor of International Understanding and Japanese, Emerita
Phone: 507 222 5437

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.