Tomiko Yoda is the Takashima Professor of Japanese Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. She received her Ph.D. in Japanese from Stanford in 1996 and has taught at Duke, Cornell, and Stanford before arriving at Harvard. She is a recipient of fellowships from NEH, SSRC, Japan Foundation, and National Humanities Center.
Professor Yoda’s research focuses on modern and pre-modern Japanese literature, literary history, and media studies; issues of gender in contemporary Japan; and feminist theory. She is the author of Gender and National Literature: Heian Texts and the Constructions of Japanese Modernity (Duke, 2004) and co-editor with Harry Harootunian of Japan After Japan: Social and Cultural Life from the Recessionary 1990s to the Present (Duke, 2006). She has published articles in edited volumes and journals in both Japanese and English on topics of gender issues in contemporary Japanese economy and culture; Japanese literary studies; and the intersection of the two. Her forthcoming work, “Girl Time: Gender and Postmodern Consumer Culture in Japan,” examines gender construction in post-1960s Japanese consumer culture.