Chiaki Takagi

Ph.D., Principal Lecturer of Japanese and Asian Studies, Director of Japanese Studies, JNS Placement Test Contact


Ph.D in English w/ concentration in Postcolonial Literature and Theory, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A. in African American Literature/North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Teaching License in 9-12 Japanese

Research/ Teaching Interests

  • Japanese language
  • Modern Japanese Literature
  • Works of Haruki Murakami
  • Japan’s modernization, westernization, and globalization
  • Translation Theory and Second Language Writing

Personal Statement

Dr. Chiaki Takagi is a proud UNCG graduate with a Ph.D in English (with a concentration in Postcolonial literature and theory). She has been teaching Japanese and Asian Studies at UNCG since 2000. She was the first full-time faculty member in the Japanese Studies program and has developed and implemented 6 Japanese courses including JNS220 Modern Japan, JNS230 Women in Japanese Literature and Film, and JNS306 Current Issues in Japan.  Her primary research subject is the contemporary Japanese writer Harumi Murakami. She won the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence in 2013 and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese teaching award in 2014. She enjoys serving as the faculty advisor of J-Club.

Selected Professional Achievements

“Earthquake Nationalism in the Land of Catfish: Earthquakes, People, and Popular Culture in Japan” (Japan Studies Association Journal 2013)

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