Dr. Kazue Harada

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Dr. Kazue HaradaAssistant Professor of Japanese

Interim Chief Departmental Advisor for EALC (Japanese)
Japanese Language Table Advisor

Irvin Hall 117

Office Hours

Tuesday: 4:15pm–5:00pm
Wednesday: 1:30pm–2:30pm
Thursday: 4:15pm–5:00pm


  • 2015 - Ph.D. - Washington University, 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.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Modern Japanese literature
  • Japanese popular culture
  • Japanese films
  • Manga and anime
  • Gender in East Asia
  • Japanese science fictioN
  • Science, technology, and environment in literature
  • Feminism and science studies, sex, gender, and sexuality in literature, films, anime, and manga
  • Race and ethnicity in literature
  • Popular culture in East Asia

Courses Taught at Miami

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

Grants and Awards

  • 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 Japan Foundation Japan Studies Fellowship for Doctorial Candidates (2012-2013)
  • Mellon Sawyer Fellowship (2010-2011)
  • International Predissertation Research Grant, Washington University in St. Louis (2010)
  • International Student Fellowship, University of British Columbia (1999-2002)
  • The Annual Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012-2013)
  • The third prize for the Graduate Student Travel Awards from the Annual Southeast Conference, Association for Asian Studies (Jan. 2012)

Selected Publications


  • “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.


  • “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.
  • “Posthuman Worlds: Coexistence and Coevolution in Ueda Sayuri’s The Ocean Chronicles.” The Twenty-Seventh Ecocriticism Conference in Japan, August 2014, Kobe, Japan. 

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • 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)