Curriculum Vitae


Academic Background

2013- 2018 (expected date of completion) PhD in Comparative Literature, Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2014 (July) Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation Media-Content Research Project, 2-Week Summer Program, University of Tokyo

2012-2013 MA in Text/Community/Discourse, Department of English Language and Literature, Brock University

2011-2012 MA in Popular Culture, Department of Communications, Popular Culture, and Film, Brock University

2008 Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate with Oxford Seminars

2004-2010 BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, Department of English Language and Literature, Brock University


Teaching Experience

2018 (Winter) Principal Instructor for JAPAN 102 (Basic Japanese II), Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta

2017 (Fall) Principal Instructor for C Lit 101 (World Literature I), Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2017 (Summer) Principal Instructor for C LIT 242 (Science Fiction) Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2017 (Winter) Principal Instructor for MLCS 299 (Sherlock Holmes & the Transcultural Imagination), Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2016 (Fall) Principal Instructor for C Lit 101 (World Literature I), Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2016 (Winter) Principal Instructor for C Lit 102 (World Literature II), Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2010-2011 English Language instructor for iTTTi Japan, Co. Ltd., Nagoya, Japan

2008-2010 English Language instructor for SSEN Learning Centre, St Catharines, Ontario Canada


Teaching Awards

2018 Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award


Research & Teaching
Assistant Experience  
         

2014-2015 Research Assistant for Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell and Dr. Mia Consalvo

2015 (Fall) Graduate Teaching Assistant for MLCS 199 (Super Heroes in Comics and Beyond), Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2012-2013 (Fall-Winter) Graduate Teaching Assistant for COMM 1F90 (Introduction to Communication and Media) Department of Communications, Popular Culture, and Film, Brock University

2012-2013 (Fall-Winter) Graduate Teaching Assistant for ENGL 1F95 (Literature in English: Forms, Themes and Approaches), Brock University

2012 (Summer 3 week term) Research Assistant for Dr. Ann Howey, Department of English Language and Literature, Brock University

2011-2012 (Fall-Winter) Graduate Teaching Assistant for COMM 1F90 (Introduction to Communication and Media) Department of Communications, Popular Culture, and Film, Brock University 


Translating & Editing Experience

2014  Interpreter for Tomohiro Nishikado (Keynote Speaker), “Innovation at the Dawn of Japanese Video Games: Speed Race to Space Invaders”, Replaying Japan 2014,University of Alberta

2014 (Winter) Editorial Assistant, The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, University of Alberta  


Academic Awards

INTERNAL AWARDS

2018 Profiling Alberta's Graduate Students Award ($1,480) 2017 President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction ($5, 800)
2016 President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction ($5, 700)
2015 President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction ($5,700)
2014 President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction ($10,000)
2014 The José R. Varela Memorial Travel Grant ($250.00)
2013 Dean of Graduate Studies Spring Research Fellowship ($3,000)
2013 Marilyn J. Rose Award for Academic Excellence in English Language and Literature ($2, 439.07)
2013 Kenneth Frederick White Memorial Graduate Scholarship ($4,740.12)
2012 Dean of Graduate Studies Research Fellowship ($2000.00)
2012 Graduate Fellowship ($7000.00)                              
2011 Graduate Fellowship ($6000.00)
2010 Dean’s Honour List
2005 Dean’s Honour List

        

EXTERNAL AWARDS & CERTIFICATION

2014 -2018 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship ($80, 000.00)
2015 Certificate of intermediate proficiency in Mandarin, Chinese Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (Level 3) 
2012 The Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant for Graduate Students for Popular Culture Association/American Cultural Association National Conference, Boston, USA ($300.00)
2005 Placed second at the 23rd Annual Ontario Japanese Speech Contest, Open Category,  University of Toronto ($250.00)
2000 Certificate of Japanese Language Proficiency Level 3
 


Interviews

2018 What do Black Holes Represent in Science Fiction?,” ASTRO 101: Black Holes, By Dr. Sharon Morsink

2018 How are Black Holes Portrayed in Japanese Popular Culture?,” ASTRO 101: Black Holes, By Dr. Sharon Morsink


Invited Talks

2017 "Manga, Murder & Mystery: Mapping the Boundaries of Detective Fiction," Prince Takamado Japanese Centre for Teaching & Research, University of Alberta

2017 Jane Austen Society of North America-Edmonton Region

2016 "Lolita & the City: Crossroads between Youth Culture & Fashion," Organized by the Fashion Culture Network and supported and funded by the Human Ecology's Clothing & Textiles Collection, University of Alberta

2014 "Press Start Gaming Conference: Culture, Industry, and Innovation in Japanese Gaming, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia


Campus & Departmental Talks

2018  Guest Lecturer, "Adapting Irene Adler in the 21st Century: An Introduction," Adaptations of Literary Classics (ENG 385), University of Alberta

2016 Round Table Discussion, Street Style: Tokyo Street Fashion," Havana, Moscow, New York, Tokyo, MLCS Lecture Series, University of Alberta

2016 Round Table Discussion, Comics-Medium in the Museum: What a Challenge!, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2016 Guest lecturer, “Cyber-literature, Women & Game Culture,” Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2015 Guest lecturer, “Manga, Post-Apocalyptic Narrative, and Akira,” Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2015 Guest lecturer, “from Trina Robbin’s ‘The Great Women Superheroes,’” Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2014 Invited Speaker, Kule Institute for Advanced Study, Advancing Humanity Lifting the Human Spirit, “SSHRC Success Stories,” University of Alberta

2012 Guest lecturer, “Bryan O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, Globalisation and Youth Culture,” Department of English Language and Literature, Brock University

2010 Guest lecturer, “My ‘Japanese’ Experience,” Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Brock University


Professional Pedagogical Training & Workshops

2017  Facilitator, "Beyond Gender & Race: How to Promote a Healthy Classroom in Post-secondary Institutions," Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta

2017  Invited speaker, "Road to Success: Secrets of Writing Grant Proposals," MLCS 795: Grant Writing Module,  Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2017 Level III Graduate Teaching & Learning Program, Pedagogy & Course Design, six-week intensive course, University of Alberta

2017 Level II of Graduate Teaching & Learning Program, University of Alberta

2016 Level I of Graduate Teaching & Learning Program, University of Alberta


Academic Service

2018 Commentator, Annual Connections Conference: Transcending Connections, University of Alberta

2017 Proctor, Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Prince Takamado Centre for Teaching & Research, University of Alberta

2016 Abstract reviewer, Creative Connections Graduate Student Conference, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta 

2015 Co-creator, University of Alberta’s Comics Club, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2014 (Fall) Member, Department Council, Graduate Student Representative, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta

2014 Manuscript Reviewer, International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations

2012 Member, Hiring Committee, Tenure-Track Position in Rhetoric and Theory, Department of English Language and Literature, Brock University

2011 Volunteer, Two Days of Canada 2011: Canadian Studies, Canadian Stories Conference, Department of Communications Popular Culture and Film, Brock University


Professional Memberships

2018 Member, British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS)

2016-ongoing Organising Committee, Replaying Japan 

2016-ongoing Member, Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC)

2016-2018 Member, Graduate Teaching and Learning Circle, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Alberta

2012 Member, Humanities Research Institute, Graduate Student Associate Status, Brock University


Conference Presentations

2018 (September) Panel presentation, "Global Crime Fighters: Detecting Japan’s “Crisis” of Identity in Daigyakuten Saiban 1 & 2," British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), Sheffield, England.

2018 (May) Panel Organizer, "Breaking the Mold: Manga & the Politics of Identity," 5th Annual Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC), Toronto, Ontario.

2017 (August) "The Game is Afoot: Transmedia Storytelling in Japanese Sherlockian Video games," 5th Annual Replaying Japan Conference, Rochester, United States of America

2016 (August) “Harnessing the Power of Persuasion: Strategies towards Increasing Women’s Participation in Japan’s Game Industry,” 4th Annual Replaying Japan Conference, Leipzig, Germany

2016 (May) "Tracking the Boy Sleuth in Shōnen Tantei Manga," Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2015 (May) "From Past to Present: The Transformation of Detective Fiction to Detective Manga," Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (CSSC), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

2015 (May) “Trapped by Myths of Motherhood(?): The Crisis of Female Game Developers in Japan,” 3rd Annual Replaying Japan Conference, Kyoto, Japan.

2014 (August) “Unreal Men: Bishonen and Rape Fantasy in Japanese Boys’ Love Games,” 2nd Replaying Japan 2014, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2014  (May) “From Pain to Pleasure: An Exploration of Rape Fantasy in Japanese Boys’ Love Visual Novel Games”, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014, Division of the Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA), St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

2014  (March) “Narrating Nation: A Cross Cultural Exploration of the Child Detective in Japanese Manga and Western Children’s Detective Fiction, The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), Orlando, Florida, USA

2013 (April) “Jane Austen in Translation: Sisterhood in Reiko Mochizuki’s Sense and Sensibility” Popular Culture Association American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), Washington D.C, USA

2013 (March) “Jane Austen and Manga Adaptations: Romantic Fantasies and Sisterhood in Reiko Mochizuki’s Sense and Sensibility”, The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), Orlando, Florida, USA

2012 (May) “From Stilettos to Book: Redefining Female Agency in Masato Fujisaki’s Misaki Number One,” 2nd Annual Popular Culture Association of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

2012 (April) “Pixie Dust and Crime: A Revision of the Puer Aeternus in Aoyama’s Detective Conan” Popular Culture Association American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), Boston, Massachusetts, USA