Alumni Spotlight

alumni spotlight

Professionals who graduate from the University of Washington's Department of Asian Languages and Literature with graduate degrees have become respected leaders in their fields. The department would like to currently recognize the following notable graduate alumni:

 Dr. Fusae Ekida graduated from the Japanese PhD program in summer quarter 2009 after working with Professor Paul Atkins. Dr. Ekida is currently an assistant professor of Japanese at Murray State University, Kentucky, teaching undergraduate-level Japanese and conducting research on poetry matches and the construction process of poetic ideals in medieval Japan. When asked her fondest memories of her time at UW, Dr. Ekida reported, “I consider my time at UW to be the prime time of my life. I enjoyed every minute on campus, having ardent discussions with my fellow graduate students and professors, teaching and interacting with undergraduate students, and spending endless hours in the library stack room. Last, but not least, I treasured the silent Quad under mesmerizing cherry blossoms at dawn and at nightfall.”

 

 Dr. Sachi Schmidt-Hori graduated from the Japanese PhD program in spring quarter 2012 after working with Professor Paul Atkins. Dr. Schmidt-Hori is currently an assistant professor of Japanese at Dartmouth College and is teaching courses in classical Japanese literature, gender, Asian sociolinguistics, and upper-level Japanese language. She is currently working on a book manuscript on medieval acolyte tales (chigo monogatari 稚児物語). When asked her fondest memories of her time at UW, Dr. Schmidt-Hori reported, “many of my closest friends are from UW whom I met through sharing the TA room and taking the same courses.  I enjoyed grading exams and studying with my friends very much.  Having great friends in graduate school certainly makes you not want to graduate! My current chair, Professor James Dorsey, is also an Asian L&L alum!  Go Huskies!!”

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