Michael Cronin received his BA from Boston College and his PhD in Japanese Studies from the University of California, Irvine (2010). He has been a visiting researcher at Hosei University, in Tokyo, under Professor Kawamura Minato (2004-2005), and at Ritsumeikan University, in Kyoto, under Professor Nakagawa Shigemi. Before entering graduate school, he lived and worked in the Hanshin (Osaka-Kobe) region of Japan for eight years. He teaches modern Japanese literature, film, and popular culture.
Michael Cronin's research concerns the role of the local (local spaces, languages, practices) in the national imaginary. His monograph, Osaka Modern, under contract with Harvard East Asian, examines the relation between Japan's merchant capital and the imperial nation in film and literature of the transwar period, from the 1930s to the 1950s. He is currently pursuing two new research projects. The first looks at the historical link between Osaka and the Korean island of Jeju as represented in late works by the writer Oda Makoto. The second, a book-length project, explores alternate histories in anime, manga, literature, and film.