Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese
Primary Academic Program: Asian Studies
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Asian Studies
Biography:Phuong Ngo’s primary area of interest is premodern Japanese literature, with a special focus on classical Japanese poetry (waka), the portrayal of the poetic persona, waka as performance, and multiple authorship in classical Japanese literature. Additional research and teaching interests include the development of genres during the period from the 9th century through the 12th, women’s writing, modern poetry, and the adaptation of classical Japanese literature in contemporary popular culture, particularly manga and anime. She is currently revising her dissertation, “Envisioning Lady Use: Poetic Persona, Performance, and Multiple Authorship in Classical Japanese Poetry,” into book format. She is the recipient of a Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship as well as numerous fellowships and awards from Columbia and Wellesley, including the Ito Shinso Award for Japanese Literary and Cultural Studies; Shincho Graduate Fellowship for Study in Japan; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Heyman Center for the Humanities; and Columbia University Multiyear Faculty Fellow. Professor Ngo has also served as English-Vietnamese translator and copy editor at Long Minh Cultural and Educational Company in Hanoi and head coach for Vietnam’s 2023 and 2012 International Science and Engineering Fair team.
BA, Wellesley College; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University; also studied at Chuo University, Japan. At Bard since 2022.