Masaaki Kamiya, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Japanese

Areas of Expertise: syntax, semantics, language acquisition, pragmatics, and Japanese linguistics.
Masaaki Kamiya has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Maryland at College Park. His research interests are syntax, semantics and language acquisition. More >>

Kamiya's recent articles include ‘Passivization, Reconstruction and Edge Phenomena: connecting English and Japanese Nominalizations,’ Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 31 (with van Hout and Roeper), ‘Lexical vs. Pragmatically Derived Interpretations of Numerals,’ Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 15 (with Matsuya), ‘Two Types of Movement in Japanese Nominalizations and Edge Phenomena,’ Japanese/Korean Linguistics 17, ‘Movement of Arguments and Negative Feature,’ Explorations of Phase Theory: Features and Arguments, ‘Verbal Nouns in Japanese Are So Called for Good Reasons,’ Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 4, MITWPL 55 (with Ayano), ‘Syntactic Categories and Argument Structures of Verbal Nouns in Japanese Light Verb Construction,’ Journal of Japanese Linguistics 21, ‘Negation, Quantifiers, and A-movement in Nominalization in Japanese,’ Linguistic Analysis 35, among others.

Kyoko Omori, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Japanese

Areas of Expertise: modern Japanese literature, especially modernism and youth magazine culture; early 20th century media, especially cinema and radio; and censorship and the Occupation Era, 1945-52.
Kyoko Omori earned her doctorate from Ohio State University in 2003. Her research focuses on 20th-century literary and popular culture, with an emphasis on mass media. More >>

Omori is currently completing a book titled Detecting Modanizumu: New Youth Magazine, Tantei Shôsetsu, and The Culture of Japanese Vernacular Modernism. In addition, her recently published articles and book chapters include “The Art of the Bluff: Youth Migrancy in the Pacific Rim, Interlingualism, and Japanese Vernacular Modernism” (2009), “Narrating the Detective: Nansensu, Benshi’s Oral Performance, and the Absurdist Detective Fiction of Tokugawa Musei” (2009), “Rajio hôsô no sengo: ‘Hanashi no izumi’ to ‘Nichiyô goraku-ban’” (The Allied Powers’ Education and Censorship Strategies in Post-WWII Japan: Radio Broadcasting in the late 1940s: 2008), “‘Finding Our Own English’: Migrancy, Identity, and Language(s) in Itô Hiromi’s Recent Prose” (2007).

She has been awarded research grants from The Miller Center for Historical Studies and the McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, as well as postdoctoral fellowships from SSRC/JSPS, the Japan Foundation, and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. Omori was also trained in language pedagogy and is a recipient of the Hamako Ito Chaplin Award, a national award recognizing excellence in teaching Japanese.

Yumiko Naito, Visiting Instructor of East Asian Languages and Literature

Yumiko Naito earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Tokyo Woman's Christian University and her M.A. in Japanese pedagogy from Columbia University. More >>

Naito has taught at Middlebury Summer School three times and also at Hong Kong University's language school and community college for two years. She worked for Colby College before coming to Hamilton.