Student Research

Recent News

Students presented their research on Japan one year after the triple disaster of March 1, 2011 at our Japan Responds conference. Read the full story.

Professor DiNitto and William & Mary alum Peter C. Luebke ('05) teamed up to co-author an article on representations of the Asia-Pacific War in the manga of cult artist Maruo Suehiro.  The article grew out of Peter's honors thesis on three Japanese manga artists who all dealt with the war. The resulting article, "Maruo Suehiro's 'Planet of the Jap': Revanchist Fantasy or War Critique?" is  in  the Australian journal Japanese Studies 31.2 (September 2011).  The article will also appear as a chapter in the forthcoming anthology Manga and the Representation of Japanese History. The volume is edited by Roman Rosenbaum and will be part of the Routledge Contemporary Japan Series.

Students continue to contribute their research on contemporary Japanese culture to Professor DiNitto's website on postbubble culture. Check out the site for postings in English and Japanese on topic including: fashion, music, literature, film, art, videogames, social issues, and more.

In 2009, five William and Mary students led by Professor Tomoko Hamada Connolly of the Anthropology Department were granted the exciting opportunity to travel to Japan with the twin goals of traveling and researching food and ritual practices in contemporary Japan for a month. Read more.


Research Opportunities

The Charles Center annually funds and administers a number of scholarships to support independent undergraduate research projects, as well as collaborative faculty-student projects. A list of previous scholarship recipients and projects, application forms, and additional information are available through the Charles Center's webpage. Contact [[lmgrim,Lisa Grimes]], Associate Director of the Charles Center and Coordinator of National Scholarships and Undergraduate Research for additional information. The Charles Center is located in the basement of Tucker Hall.

Students in the Japanese Program have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a research topic of their own through an independent study or an honors thesis. They can also work on a faculty member's research project through the support of grants such as the Chappell Fellowships. There are also a number of national and international fellowships for the study of the Japan. Students should see the Japanese Government Scholarships for more information on study in Japan.

Below we highlight some of our awardees.

Monroe Projects

Meera Fickling, "A Case Study of the Social Structure of Japanese University Clubs Using the Keio University Women's Chorus"

Mara Rosenkrantz, "Japanese Culturak Color: Emotion Associations and Their Expression in Anime"

Pam Kennedyconducted research on the contemporary Japanese writer and Akutagawa Prize winner Kanehara Hitomi while studying abroad in Japan at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities

Honors Theses

Audrey Anderson, "Japanese Architectural Values through Time: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and the Creation of a Modern Japanese-Usonian Hybrid"

Peter Luebke (2005) "Overcoming Postmodernity: Modernity, The Pacific War, and the Postwar Manga of Mizuki Shigeru, Kobayashi Yoshinori and Maruo Suehiro."

Freeman Foundation Summer Research Fellowships

Jordan Dickson conducted research on Japanese nationalism as part of her work with Professor DiNitto on her new book project: Japan's Lost Decade: National Identity, Popular Culture, and the Narratives of Political Imagination in Milennial Japan.

Fulbright Scholarships

Amy Palesko (2006) was William & Mary's first Fulbright to Japan. She studied at the University of Osaka and is currently residing and working in Japan as a design engineer at Nokia.