Nobuko Yamasaki

Assistant Professor
Williams Hall, 424
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Washington


The intersections of art, film, media, literature and gender and sexuality studies.

Nobuko Ishitate-Okumiya Yamasaki is an Assistant Professor of Japanese. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of art, film, media, literature, and gender and sexuality studies. Her current research project, “Fragmenting History: Prostitutes, Hostesses, and Actresses at the Edge of Empire,” examines women’s bodies as battlefields, where asymmetrical power dynamics meet, compete and complicate one another, producing narratives to be challenged, fragmented, and re-articulated from within. It argues that the Empire’s legacies prevail even today. While in the graduate school of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, she first came to the United States as an exchange student at Cornell University, where she earned an MA in Asian Studies. She then moved to Seattle. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. Before coming to Lehigh, she taught Japanese language and literature and women’s studies at Kenyon College. 

Selected Recent Publications:

“Body as Battlefield,” Azalea, Harvard University Korea Institute Publications, 2019, 391-414.

“Hayashi Kyoko ‘Kôsa’ ni okeru nihonjinshôfu o megutte: ‘nihonjin no kuseni,’” Genbaku bungaku kenkyû (Journal of Genbaku Literature) vol. 16(December 2017): 2-17. (

“Hayashi Kyôko: Kaku to teikoku to nihonjin shôfu,” Genbaku bungaku kenkyû kaihô vol. 51, (May 2017) . (    

"Nejireta masukyurinitee," Toshoshimbun, (Tokyo), July 30, 2016. (

“A review of The Female Gaze in Contemporary Japanese Literature, by Kathryn Hemmann,” Dissertation Reviews, (January 2016). ​(