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New Faculty

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The Department of World Languages and Literatures welcomes Dr. Seth Jacobowitz, Assistant Professor of Japanese.

Dr. Jacobowitz received his Ph.D. in Japanese literature at Cornell University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture (Harvard Asia Center, 2016), which was awarded the International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize in the Humanities in 2017. He is the translator of The Edogawa Rampo Reader (Kurodahan Press, 2008) from Japanese and Fernando Morais’ Dirty Hearts: The History of Shindō Renmei (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021) from Portuguese. His current works in progress includes the research monograph Japanese Brazil: Immigrant Literature and Overseas Expansion, 1908-1945, under contract with Vanderbilt University Press. He has delivered keynote presentations and invited lectures in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His research has been externally funded by the Fulbright Foundation, Japan Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to his arrival at Texas State, he previously taught in the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures at Yale University and the Humanities Department at San Francisco State University.