As a linguistics scholar, Nathan is interested in the evolution of languages in East Asia, particularly in the historical formation of linguistic areas in multicultural regions of China. As a recipient of multiple FLAS fellowships from UW's East Asia Center, he has developed a broader interest in the formation of ethnic and national identities in the formation of modern nation states, and the historiographical processes underpinning these narratives. His dissertation project, supported in part by a Chiang Ching-kuo dissertation grant, focuses on language contact in China's historical Sino-Tibetan frontier, comparing the historical settings of Amdo, Kham and Dali (Yunnan) with the typological characteristics of language mixing that developed there.
In his non-specialist mode, he is drawn to East Asia by a fanatical obsession with the arts of China, Japan and Korea. Some of his favorite artists include Can Xue, Otomo Yoshihide, Han Kang, Tanizaki Junichiro, Yan Lianke, Kawakami Hiromi, Koreeda Hirokazu, Jia Zhangke, Lee Chang-dong, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Murakami Haruki, among many others.
LING 450, Linguistic Phonetics
LING 400, Introduction to Linguistics
LING 233, Language and Society (TA)
LING 100, Fundamentals of Grammar (TA)
ENGL 131, English Composition