- M.A. in Japanese from Washington University St. Louis
- B.A. in Applied Linguistics from University of Maryland
Jessica LeGare joins the Department of East Asian Studies as a Ph.D. student after earning her B.A. in Applied Linguistics (Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore Co., 2013) and M.A. in Japanese (Washington Univ. St. Louis, 2016). Her research interests include literary and film censorship in imperial and occupied Japan, focusing on the styles and innovations by which creatives find opportunities to navigate and reshape the meaning of social deviance. She also looks forward to researching the effects of state policy on personal expression related to gender and sexuality in contemporary Chinese literature. Outside of her research, she enjoys horror films, biking around town, sketching/drawing, and reading about mythology and folklore.