Bard Faculty

Wakako Suzuki

Assistant Professor of Japanese

Primary Academic Program: Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures


BA, Rikkyo University, Tokyo; MA, modern European studies, Columbia University; MA, Japanese literature, Stanford University; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Suzuki’s research interests include childhood studies, translation and translation theory, and gender and sexuality, all reflected in her dissertation, “Writing Boys and Girls in Imperial Japan: Politics and Poetics of Childhood, 1868–1912.” She has taught courses ranging from elementary Japanese to Japanese popular culture and race, gender, and class through Japanese cinema. Publications include “On the Present Reception of Yokomitsu’s Work in North America—From the Perspective of Shanghai Discussed in the Classroom,” and “Youth,” both in Yokomichi Riichi Studies. She is the recipient of numerous travel awards and fellowships, and has presented papers at Rikkyo University, Korea University in Seoul, University of California at Berkeley, Pennsylvania State University, Meiji University in Tokyo, and the University of Sydney, among others. At Bard since 2018.