Department of Languages and Cultures



Phone:   (973) 720-3735
Office Hours:   Tuesday, Thursday 10.20-10.50, 12.30-1.30 and by appointment

Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Instructor, Coordinator, Japanese Language Teacher Training Program
Area Specialization: Japanese; Japanese Literature; War Experience and Oral History; Japanese Women's History

Educational Background: 

  • Professor Emerita of Marymount College of Fordham University
  • Doctoral Program in History, University of Maryland course work completed in Japanese History; Minor Fields: Women's History and Japanese Literature
  • M.A., Asian Studies, (Japanese Literature, Political Science, Anthropology ,and History)University of California, Berkeley, 1978
  • M.A.,  English ,  Drew University, 1974
  • Dip. Ed., Teaching English as a Second Language, University of London, Institute of Education, 1970
  • B. A., English Literature, Kanazawa National University, Faculty of Law 

Courses Taught: 

  • Japanese language courses at all levels
  • Japan through Film and Literature (JPAN/ASN 302)
  • Women in Modern Japanese Literature (JPAN 325 /ASN 325/ WGS 326/ ENG 358)
  • The Culture of Japanese Literature (JPAN/ASN 327)
  • Methods of Teaching Japanese as a Second/Foreign Language (JPAN 363)
  • Japanese Literature and Culture (JPAN 400), Capstone in Japanese Language Track
  • Woman and War (ASN/HIST/WGS 368) 

Selected Publications: 


Japan at War: An Oral History Co-authored with Theodore F. Cook. (New York:  The New Press, 1992, 2nd Edition 2008. Australian edition  Sydney: HarperCollins, 1995. 

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Women’s Deaths as Weapons of War in Japan’s Final Battle,”  for Barbara Molony and Kathleen Uno, eds., Gendering Modern Japanese History, (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).  Paperback edition 2008.
  • “Memories of Japan’s Lost War” in a special issue of the Journal of American East Asian Relations called “Letters of the Pacific War in the Future of Remembrance” edited by Philip West of the University of Montana. (forthcoming).
  • “A lost war in living memory: Japan’s Second World War,” (with T. F. Cook), European Review, October 2003 (Vol. 11, No. 4), 573–593.
  • “The ‘Fall of Nankin’ and the Suppression of a Japanese Literary ‘Memory’ of the Nature of a War,” Fei Fei Li, Robert Sabela, and David Lu, eds., Nanking 1937: Memory and Healing (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2002),.121-154.
  • “The Myth of the Saipan Suicides,” in Robert Cowley, ed., None Save Victory: Perspectives on World War II (New York: Putnam, 2001).
  • “The Many Lives of Living Soldiers: Ishikawa Tatsuzô and Japan’s War in China,” in Thomas Rimer and Marlene Mayo, eds., War Occupation, and Creativity,: Japan and East Asia 1920–1960 (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2001), 149–176.
  • “Turning Women into Weapons. Japan’s Women, the Battle of Saipan, and the ‘Nature of the Pacific War,’” in Nicole A. Dombrowski, ed., Women and War in the 20th Century, Enlisted With or Without Consent  (New York and London: Garland Press, 1999), 240-261.
  • “Japan’s War in Living Memory and Beyond,” in Remco Raben, ed., Representing the Japanese Occupation of Indonesia.Personal Testimonies and Public Memories in Indonesia, Japan, and the Netherlands (Zwolle, the Netherlands: Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, 1999), 38-54. Also Dutch-language edition, “De levenden en de doden in de Japanse herinnering aan de oorlog,” Remco Raben, ed., Beelden van de Japanse Bezetting van Indonesië. Persoonlijke Getuigenissen en publieke beeldvorming in Indonesië, Japan en Nederland, (Amsterdam:  Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie, 1999), 36-54.
  • “Nagano 1945: Hirohito’s Final Hideout,  MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Spring 1998 (Vol. 9, No. 2), 44-47.
  • “The Myth of the Saipan Suicides,”  MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Spring 1995 (Vol. 7, No. 3), 12-19.
  • “A Merchant Seaman’s Tale,”  MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Winter 1992 (Vol. 5, No. 2).  pp. 108-111.
  • “Mountain, river, grass, and trees,”  MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History,  Autumn 1991 (Vol. 4, No. 1).  pp. 24-25.
  • “Is Islands in the Stream Characteristic and Vintage Hemingway?,” in Eigo Eibungakukai Kenkyû Kiyô [English Studies Association Proceedings], Tokyo, 1975.

Works in Progress: 

Inside Japan's War: Understanding the Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945

Women and Society in Japan's War, 1937-1945 

Presentations at National and International Conferences and Media Appearances:

  • "A Lost Voice from Japan's War:  Senryu Poet Tsuru Akira," to be presented at Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawai'i, March 31, 2011.
  • "Japanese Women in a 'Lost War': Loyalty and Betrayal in a State at War," presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Military. May 21, 2010 at Virginia Military Institute, forthcoming.
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interview for Projected CBC Television documentary series on "Propaganda and War".  New York, New York, December 10, 2009.
  • "Families in Peril," presentation at the International Conference on War and the Family, sponsored by the Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies and the Department of History, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, Oct. 8-9, 2008.
  • "Art and Literary Production in Sugamo Prison Under American Occupation, 1945-1952," Discussant at Conference sponsored by Department of East Asian, Princeton University, October 20-22, 2005.
  • "Historical Perspective Commentary," on Award-Winning DVD release of Isao Takahata's,Grave of the Fireflies [The story of two children, brother and sister, in 1945 Japan.] Central Park Media release, 2002.
  • “Memories of Japan at War,” paper presented at The Japan/America Dialogue on Pacific War: The Human Dimension of War, in the series of Dialogues on America's Wars in Asia, The Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, June 18–23, 2000
    • “Japan’s War in Living Memory and Beyond,” address delivered at the International Conference on “Representing the Japanese Occupation of Indonesia.” focusing on Indonesia, Japan, and the Netherlands in the Second World War in conjunction with the exhibition “Nederlanders, Japanners, Indonesiërs . De Japanse besetting van Nederlands-Indië herinnerd [Dutchmen, Japanese, Indonesians. The Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies remembered]” at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands August 7, 1999.
    • C-SPAN Television network special on the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese Surrender Ending World War Two, September 2, 1995, national network appearance.
    • “Japanese and the Bomb,” The SHOWTIME Network Debate: Why They Dropped the Bomb, Washington, D.C., July 18, 1995.
    • National Public Radio (NPR), “Talk of the Nation” special on The Battle of Okinawa, national radio appearance, June 30, 1995 “Japanese Examine Japan’s War,” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on “War in the Pacific: Experiences and Legacies,” Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, July 17, 1995.
    • Contributing Editor, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 2002 to Spring 2008.
    • Consultant on Japan for the ABC (American Broadcast Corporation), “The Twentieth Century Project,” producer Drew Pearson on episodes on the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. October 1993-1995.
    • “Japanese Examine Japan’s War,” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on “War in the Pacific: Experiences and Legacies,” Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Smith College, Northampton, July 17, 1995.
    • Interviewed for National Public Radio of Wisconsin, broadcast December 7, 1992 in special program on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the start of the Pacific War.
    • Interviewed for WBAI-FM, New York, for a special 3-hour edition of the program “Weaponry” on the Pacific War and Japan at War, November 12, 1992. 

Theses and Dissertations:

  • “Voices from the Front: Japanese War Literature, 1937-1945,”  Masters Thesis, Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1984.  Thesis Advisor:  Professor Chalmers Johnson.
  • “Negative Solutions: Women in Society Through the Eyes of Three Female Authors,”  Masters Thesis, Department of English, Drew University, 1974.  Thesis Advisor:  Professor Calvin Skaggs.
  • “A Comparison of Tense Systems in English and Japanese,” Essay for the Diploma in Education, Institute of Education, University of London, 1970.
  • “Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg Ohio,” B.A. Honors Thesis, Department of English and American Literature, Faculty of Law, Kanazawa University,. Thesis Advisor:  Professor Sakamoto Masayuki.