Seth Jacobowitz

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Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures

B.A., Columbia University, 1996
M.A., Cornell University, 1999
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2006


Seth Jacobowitz is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Yale University. He is the author of the Edogawa Rampo Reader (Kurodahan Press, 2008) and Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture (Harvard Asia Center, 2015), which won the 2017 International Conventional of Asia Scholars Book Prize in the Humanities. He has been Simon Visiting Professor at University of Manchester, Asakawa Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo, an invited guest lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul, and frequent Visiting Researcher to the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of São Paulo. His first field of specialization focused on the intersection of media and literature in late nineteenth century Japan. His current research is for a book on the prewar Japanese immigration to Brazil and the literature of Japanese overseas expansion. In addition, he is co-authoring a book on science and science fiction in prewar Japan with Professor Aaron W. Moore, Handa Chair of Japanese-Chinese Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He always welcomes undergraduate and graduate students who are independent thinkers and interested in pursuing original research.  No prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese is required for any of his undergraduate courses.