Richard Okada joined the faculty in 1985 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 1983. Prior to coming to the University, he was director of the Program in Asian Studies at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H.
Recipient of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Graduate Student Mentoring Award, Humanities Section, Spring, 2008. Main teaching and research interests are literary theory and criticism, Heian period narratives and poetry (especially The Tale of Genji and Kokin wakashū), modern Japanese fiction, the interfaces of ecology and culture, zainichi (Korean Japanese) literature, Japanese-American studies, Japanese popular culture—especially Japanese television dorama, contemporary Japanese music (especially hip-hop), anime and live-action film. Editor of a three-volume collection of essays in English on The Tale of Genji, published by Routledge, December, 2010. Other recent publications include Displacements of Conquest: or, Exile, The Tale of Genji, and post-Cold-War Learning,『地球・惑星文学としての物語の可能性と行方』(The Possibility and Future of monogatari as Planetary Literature), The Possibility and Impossibility of Zainichi in GO, and 『翻訳・コスモロジー・ジェンダー』 (Translation, Cosmology, and Gender).