Japanese Faculty

Masanori Deguchi - Associate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics, Section Coordinator, Study Abroad Advisor



Office: Miller Hall 217E
Phone: 360.650.4155
PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Areas of Expertise: Theoretical linguistics: syntax, semantics, syntax-phonology interface, Japanese linguistics

​Madoka Kusakabe - Instructor of Japanese

Office: Miller Hall 222D
Phone: 360.650.7492

Colleen Laird - Assistant Professor of Japanese, Major & Minor Advisor


Office: Miller Hall 122A
Phone: 360.650.4852
PhD, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Areas of Expertise: Japanese cinema and gender studies; Women working in Japanese media industries; Film theory, genre theory, transnational cinemas and star texts, feminist theory, and queer theory.

Massimiliano Tomasi - Professor of Japanese (1997), East Asian Studies Program Director


Office: Miller Hall 222C
Phone: 360.650.3339
PhD, Nagoya University, Japan
Prof. Tomasi's areas of expertise include modern Japanese literature and rhetoric. He is the author of Rhetoric in Modern Japan: Western Influences on the Development of Narrative and Oratorical Style (University of Hawaii Press, 2004) and The Literary Theory of Shimamura Hōgetsu (1871-1918) and the Development of Feminist Discourse in Modern Japan (Mellen, 2008). Prof. Tomasi has led Western students to Europe five times between 2008 and 2012 and has extensive experience with global learning programs.

Michiko Yusa - Professor of Japanese and East Asian Studies

Office: Miller Hall 218E
Phone: 360.650.4851
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Research interests: Nishida philosophy, intercultural philosophical studies; Raimon Panikkar's thought, women's spirituality Buddhism and Christianity