Rio Katayama completed her PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Southern California. Her dissertation explores the multi-layered (de)construction of Japan-ness and its relations to affective bodily responses that is elicited through the depiction of continuous nuclear trauma in Japanese audio-visual media. She has previously published her more social science-focused project “Idols, Celebrities, and Fans at the Time of Post-Catastrophe” in Celebrity Studies. Rio holds her BA in Literature from Waseda University and an MA in Japanese Pedagogy from Indiana University, Bloomington. She also worked in the media industry for several years prior to pursuing her MA.