Dr. Kazue Harada

Dr. Kazue Harada

Assistant Professor of Japanese

Chief Departmental Advisor for Japanese

Irvin Hall 152
(513) 529-3365

Office Hours

Fall '21 (202210)

Mondays | 10:00am-11:00am
Tuesdays | 1:30pm-2:30pm
Thursdays | 1:30pm-2:30pm
And by appointment.
Email for appointment if virtual meeting required.
Virtual meetings held via Zoom or WebEx.



2015 - Ph.D. - Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Japanese Language and Literature (and Women, Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Certificate)
Dissertation Title: “Japanese Women’s Science Fiction: Posthuman Bodies and the Representation of Gender.”

2003 - M.A. - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Modern Japanese Literature
Thesis Title: “Good Bad Girls: Male Writers’ Romanticization of Prostitutes in the Postwar Era.”

1996 - B.A. - Hiroshima Women’s University (Currently Prefectural University of Hiroshima), Hiroshima, Japan, Japanese Literature and Language.


  • Modern and contemporary Japanese literature
  • Japanese popular media
  • Japanese and East Asian civilization
  • Gender and sexuality in East Asia
  • Race and ethnicity critical theories in East Asia
  • Speculative and science fiction
  • Science, technology, and environment in literature
  • Feminism, gender, queer theories, race, and ethnicity in literature and multimedia


  • JPN 101: Elementary Japanese
  • JPN 102: Elementary Japanese 
  • JPN 201: Second Year Japanese
  • JPN 260.C: Introduction to Japanese Civilization
  • JPN 260.E: Japanese Popular Culture
  • JPN 301: Third Year Japanese
  • JPN 302: Third Year Japanese 


  • PREP Award, Miami University (2018)
  • Summer Research Grant in the College of Arts and Science, Miami University (2016)
  • The Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship in Washington University in St. Louis (2013-2014)
  • The Annual Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012-2013)
  • The Japan Foundation Japan Studies Fellowship for Doctorial Candidates (2012-2013)
  • The third prize for the Graduate Student Travel Awards from the Annual Southeast Conference, Association for Asian Studies (Jan. 2012)
  • Mellon Sawyer Fellowship (2010-2011)
  • International Predissertation Research Grant, Washington University in St. Louis (2010)



Book Chapters

  • “Feminist ‘Failed’ Reproductive Future in Speculative Fiction: Ōhara Mariko, Murata Sayaka, and Ueda Sayuri,” in Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Women Writers, edited by Rebecca Copeland. Tokyo, Japan: MHM Limited, forthcoming.
  • “Cannibalistic Space and Reproduction in Japanese Speculative Fiction” In Fantastical Space in Contemporary Japanese Literature, edited by Mina Qiao. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming.
  • “Posutohyūman wārudo: Ueda Sayuri no Ōshan kuronikuru shirīzu ni okeru kuia kazoku” [Posthuman world: Queer Family in Ueda Sayuri’s Queer Family] in Ekokuritishizumu no nami o koete: Jinshinsei no chikyū o ikiru [Crossing the Waves of Ecocriticism: Living During the Antropocene], Otowa shobo Tsurumi shoten: Tokyo, Japan, 2017; pp 275–290.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Visible Matters: Radiation in Kobayashi’s Erika’s Multimedia Project in the Post-Fukushima Japan,” Japanese Studies, 2021, 41(1): 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/10371397.2020.1847637.
  • “Defamiliarizing Women’s (Re)productive Bodies and Imagining a New Kinship in Shirai Yumiko’s Wombs,Japanese Language and Literature, October 2018, 52 (2): 277-314.
  • “A Challenge to Reproductive Futurism: Queer Families and Nonhuman Companionships in Ueda Sayuri’s The Ocean Chronicles,” U.S.-Japan Women's Journal, Fall 2017, No. 52: 46-66. DOI: 10.1353/jwj.2017.0011.


  • Invited Talk, “(Re)productive Futures and Defamiliarizing Womanhood in Contemporary Japanese Women’s Speculative Fiction,” February 2021, University of Turin, Italy, Online.
  • Invited Talk, “Reengineering (Re)productive Futures in Japanese Women's Science Fiction,” September 2020, Japan Foundation, Toronto, Online.
  • “(In)visibility of Biological Warfare, Colonial Subjects, and Japanese Masculinity in Science Fiction,” The Conference of Association for Asian Studies in Asia, September 2020, Online.
  • "(In)visibility of Biological Warfare, Colonial Subjects, and Japanese Masculinity in Science Fiction," The Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, January 2020, New College of Florida.
  • "Visual Mattering: Radiation in Post-Fukushima Japan in Erika Kobayashi's magna Luminous," The Miami Comics Scholars' Spring Symposium, May 2019, Miami University.
  • Invited Symposium, "Reengineering (Re)productive Future in Japanese Women's Science Fiction," The Woman in the Story: Female Protagonism in Japanese Narratives, March 2019, UCLA.
  • “Imagining Beyond X/Y in Japanese Women’s Science Fiction,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 2018, Metropolitan State University.
  • “Visual Matters: Radiation in Kobayashi’s Erika’s Multimedia Project in the Post-Fukushima Japan,” The Nonhuman in Japanese Culture and Society: Spirits, Animal, Technology, September 2018, University of Victoria, Canada.
  • “Perceivable Radiation in the Post-Fukushima Japan,” East Asia Faculty Forum Fall, October 2017, Miami University.
  • “A New Kinship in Murata Sayaka’s The Vanishing World,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, September 2017, University of Notre Dame. 
  • “Perceivable Radiation in Kobayashi Erika’s Luminous in Post-Fukushima Japan,” The Twenty-First Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), July 2017, Rikkyo University, Tokyo.
  • “Reimagining Women’s (Re)productive Bodies: New Kinship in Shirai Yumiko’s WOMBS,” WisCon 41: The World’s Feminist Science Fiction Convention, May 2017, Madison, WI.
  • “Queer Families: Nonhuman Companionships in Ueda Sayuri’s The Ocean Chronicles,” Midwest Japan Seminar, November 2016, Michigan State University.
  • “Radio/Luminescence Lives in the Post-Fukushima Japan,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 2016, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne.
  • Invited Talk. “The Early Boy’s Love Manga in Japan: Queering the Heteronormative World,” September 2016, University of Cincinnati.
  • “Alternate (Re)productive Bodies in Shirai Yumiko’s WOMBS.” Asian Studies in Asia, June 2016, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Panel Discussions on “Transnational Fan Studies and Fandom: Research, Methodology, and Ethics” and “Japanese Fans Discuss Recent Trends in Japanese SF.” WisCon 40: Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention May 2016, Madison.
  • “(Re)productive Bodies in Shirai Yumiko’s WOMBS.” American Association of Teachers of Japan, Annual Spring Conference 2016 conjoined with the Annual Association for Asian Studies Conference, March 2016, Seattle.
  • “Alternate (Re)productive Bodies in Shirai Yumiko’s WOMBS.” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 2015, St. Louis.
  • “Posthuman Worlds: Subjectivity Entanglements and Queer Families in Ueda Sayuri’s The Ocean Chronicles.” American Association for Teachers of Japanese, Annual Spring Conference, March 2015, Chicago. 


  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Association for Teachers of Japanese
  • Science Fiction Research Association
  • Midwest Japan Seminar
  • Society for Ecocriticism Studies in Japan  


  • Japanese (fluent)
  • English (fluent)
  • Mandarin (studying)
  • Korean (studying)