Japanese Faculty

Japanese Section Faculty


Massimiliano Tomasi

Professor of Japanese (1997), Japanese Major & Minor Advisor, East Asian Studies Program Director

Massimiliano Tomasi
Office: Miller Hall 222C
Phone: 360.650.3339

Ph.D., 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), The Literary Theory of Shimamura Hōgetsu (1871-1918) and the Development of Feminist Discourse in Modern Japan (Mellen, 2008),  and The Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature: Metaphors of Christianity (Routledge, 2018). He is also the editor of Religion and Spirituality in Japanese Literature (PAJLS 16, 2015).


Masanori Deguchi

Associate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics, Study Abroad Advisor

Office: Miller Hall 217E
Phone: 360.650.4155
Email: masanori.deguchi@wwu.edu

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington.

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



Colleen Laird

Assistant Professor of Japanese and Japanese Cinema, Section Coordinator

Colleen Laird
Office: Miller Hall 215A
Phone: 360.650.4853

Ph.D., 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.


Michiko Yusa

Professor of Japanese and East Asian Studies

Michiko Yusa
Office: Miller Hall 218E
Phone: 360.650.4851

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Research interests: Nishida philosophy, intercultural philosophical studies; Raimon Panikkar's thought, women's spirituality Buddhism and Christianity