Seth Jacobowitz

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Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures
143 Elm Street, Room 205, New Haven, CT 06511

B.A., Columbia University, 1996
M.A., Cornell University, 1999
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006

Seth Jacobowitz is Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Yale University. A trilingual scholar, he is translator of the Edogawa Rampo Reader (Kurodahan Press, 2008) and author of Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture (Harvard Asia Center, 2015), which won the 2017 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize in the Humanities. He is a current Fulbright Fellow to Brazil (summers 2019/2020), and has previously been Simon Visiting Professor at University of Manchester, Asakawa Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo, an invited guest lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul, and frequent Visiting Researcher to the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of São Paulo. His first field of specialization focused on the intersection of media and literature in late nineteenth century Japan. His present research is for a book on the prewar Japanese immigration to Brazil and the literature of Japanese overseas expansion. He is also translating from Portuguese to English Fernando Morais’ Corações Sujos (Dirty Hearts, 2000), an investigative account of the Japanese Brazilian community during and after WWII, for Palgrave MacMillan’s Latin American Studies Series, forthcoming in 2020. In addition, he is co-authoring a book on science and science fiction in prewar Japan with Professor Aaron W. Moore, Handa Chair of Japanese-Chinese Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He always welcomes undergraduate and graduate students who are independent thinkers and interested in pursuing original research.  No prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese is required for any of his undergraduate courses.