Mamiko Suzuki received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She was Assistant Professor of Japanese at the University of Utah and has taught Japanese language at the University of Houston and Hostos Community College, CUNY. She has taught all levels of Japanese language, as well as courses covering Japanese conversation, translation, short stories, novels, and films. Her monograph Gendered Power: Educated Women from the Meiji Empress’ Court (University of Michigan Press, 2019) examines the writings and activities of educated women of the Meiji period (1868-1912). Dr. Suzuki has received the Fulbright IIE grant, a University of Utah Faculty Fellowship, and Northeast Asia Council travel grants for her teaching and research activities.

In 2022, Dr. Suzuki received an AAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Higher Education Curriculum Development Grant from the Association for Asian Studies with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) program.

Her research and teaching interests also include the role of care in Japanese literature, literary analysis, and in the language learning classroom; modern and contemporary Japanese women’s writings; and language styles, both written and spoken, that complicate what we might understand as Japanese. Currently, she is co-translating with Dr. Dawn Lawson “An Annotated Translation of the Diaries of Nakajima Shōen.”


PhD, University of Chicago

MA, University of Chicago

BA, Haverford College


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