Associate Professor of Japanese

Professor Ikeda teaches in the Asian Languages & Literatures department and directs the World Language Scholars Program, a signature program in the College of Arts & Sciences for first year students. Professor Ikeda’s courses include:

Pre-modern Japanese literature (WLIT 109)

Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (JAPN 095)

War Memory & Trauma in Japanese Literature (WLIT 195)

Modern Japanese literature (WLIT 119)

Translation & Transformations (WLIT 095)

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Professor Ikeda’s book Okinawan War Memory: Transgenerational Trauma and the Fiction of Medoruma Shun (Routledge, 2014) analyzes representations of war memory and trauma in the imaginative fiction of Okinawan writer Medoruma Shun, His related article “Geographically-Proximate Postmemory: Sites of War and the Enabling of Vicarious Narration in Medoruma Shun's Fiction” (2013) in the International Journal of Okinawan Studies (IJOS) elaborates second-generation war trauma in sites of war. Professor Ikeda’s translation of Medoruma’s “Mabuigumi” (Spirit Stuffing) appears in the literary journal Fiction International (2007), and in Living Spirit: Literature and Resurgence in Okinawa (2011).



  • Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007


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Office Location:

Waterman 517F

Office Hours:

By appointment